In Scott Carter's exhibit, "Force Majeure," opening in Gallery X, the artist's interest in merging his two separate creative practices --that of a musician/drummer and that of a sculptor/constructor—is realized. For Carter, the swinging of a hammer prompts the notion of the sounds produced by playing the drums. In an effort to address the tension caused by these independent interests, Carter marries some of the hallmarks of each of these equally compelling forces in this new body of work, negotiating and balancing their inherent differences. Highlighted in this exhibition are the improvisational elements and instant gratification enjoyed from his music making, as well as the delayed fulfillment that comes from the longer process of creating artwork. Each work in the show is an attempt to deliberately control and derive sound from common building materials and household objects.
As an artist, architecture, design and form are at the core of Carter's practice, and taking center stage in the gallery space is 16th's on center: a drum set created from a combination of drywall and reclaimed drum set hardware. Carter's use of drywall in his artwork goes back several years, informed by his work in construction as a carpenter that also inspired the artist's concern with ideas of how humans connect and respond to the built environment. Replete with sculpture, video, drawing, performance and installation, "Force Majeure" suggests that the outcome is wrought with accident and even absurdity, producing haphazard and contradictory results. Nonetheless emerging from this quest are unmistakable forms of beauty that resonate strongly with both purity and honesty, and a union of multiple artistic vocations.