Curated by Diane Barber.
New York-based artist Scott Teplin is an obsessive drawer known for creating meticulously rendered drawings in which real world objects morph into a fantastical amalgamation of discordant forms, shapes, and colors. For his newest series, CRASH, Teplin collages found photographs of horrifying crash scenes and then redraws these compositions over and over until the hard metal lines transform into softer shapes that more closely resemble organic objects. Ultimately about control, CRASH presents an alternate interpretation of actual events–one in which documentation is transformed and transmuted to create a new reality that is as whimsical as it is disconcerting.
CRASH is only Teplin’s second solo presentation in Texas. In 2003, curator Diane Barber commissioned him to create Lubricious, a site-specific installation presented at DiverseWorks.His animated work was included in the group exhibition, Flicker Fusion (also curated by Barber) in 2008. Teplin has had solo shows in New York and Paris and he has been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. His art has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Keith Smith’s 2004 The Structure of the Visual Book. His work is in permanent collections at the Smithsonian, SF-MOMA, and Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Universities, among others.