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Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is proud to present an exhibition of new work by New York based artist Hugh S cottDouglas\; his first with the gallery in Hong Kong\, and following the e xhibition Consumables in London earlier this year\, his second solo show wi th Simon Lee Gallery to date.

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Scott-D ouglas' most recent works\, printed using an ink jet process onto eighty-in ch aluminium panels\, continue his investigation of the limits of the gener ation and production of the photographic image. In the first examples of th is methodology\, shown in his solo exhibition at Blum and Poe in New York e arlier this year\, parts from a disassembled automatic watch movement were scattered over the glass of a flat bed scanner. As the scanner's sensor pas sed below them it created an image\, recording the toothed gears as well as particles of dust and ambient light. This source image was then blown up a nd printed in multiple passes using an industrial ink jet printer. Shifts i n registration generated geometric compositional structure\, while the buil d up of ink\, image onto image\, gave the works a material presence which r ecalled the physicality of their source. Like the cyanotype works on canvas with which Scott-Douglas first came to prominence\, these photographs unit e image and object\, material and process\, source and surface in a reflexi ve and hermetic process\, beguiling in its simplicity.

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For the works in this second part of the series\, shown h ere for the first time\, Scott-Douglas makes a simple change in the mechani cs of the process. The lid of the scanner\, which for the previous series o f images had been removed\, is now replaced by an LED light panel. This mod ification allows the control and manipulation of the hermetic environment\, while also paradoxically blowing out the content of the photographic image . Where before the parts were registered scattered across a black ground\, graduating at times to an inky violet\, now they themselves register as ref lected light on background light\, white on white. The subject dissolves in to itself through the enforcement of strict control. Where\, in the previou s series of works\, structure was generated by shifts in registration\, now the image is tiled across the surface of the support\, and run through the printer 16 times with the same registration marks. As the image repeats\, the ink builds up\, stretching the graphic content and inflating the curren cy of its own materiality.

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&ldquo\;Repetition is a fantastic way to make a lot from a little.... to extract the maximum fro m the subject.... here the same content performs the same task again\, and again\, and again\, and again\, and again...&rdquo\; Hugh Scott-Dougla s

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Although conceived a nd executed entirely in the conceptual framework of photography\, these new works bear as many references to recent developments in painting. In their structural composition\, in their fascination with surface and material\, and in their yielding of control to the technically expedient\, predetermin ed or merely to chance\, they might suggest resonances as much to Christoph er Wool's roller paintings on aluminium or to Rudolf Stingel's pattern or g auze paintings\, as to those photographic works to which they more strictly relate. And in as much as many of those developments have been generated t hrough an interaction with the photographic and printed image\, in this res pect too they suggest a closing of the conceptual circle. They also propose a protocol of image making which unites subject and process\, which confla tes the deconstructed representation of the automatic watch with the automa tic generation of pattern and image.

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&ldquo\;What is the integrity (authorship\, legality) of the producer (photographer\, worker) over their product (artwork\, commodity) as it is pushed throu gh various protocols (formats\, factories) &ndash\; especi ally as related to a decentralized (mechanized\, networked ) style of production? The automatic watch as a workforce... Hyper Fordist in nature each unique analog component contributes one specific function in the ecosystem that is the watch&rsquo\;s movement. No two parts are exactl y the same. Running off a body&rsquo\;s surplus energy the watch documents both its own and its host&rsquo\;s passing time.... tick tick tick tick tic k tick tick tick...&rdquo\; Hugh Scott-Douglas \;

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Hugh Scott-Douglas (b. 1988 in Cambrid ge\, UK) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Blum &\; Poe\, New York\, NY (2015)\; Promises to Pay in Solid Substance< /em>\, Jessica Silverman\, San Francisco\, CA (2014)\; Hugh Scott-Dougl as\, eyes without a face\, Croy Nielsen\, Berlin\, Germany (2014). In 2014\, the solo exhibition A Broken Mule was held at Kaikai Kiki G allery\, Tokyo. Recent group exhibitions have included Out Of Office\, Museum of Contemporary Art\, Chicago\, IL (2015)\; Stars &\; St ripes: American Art of the 21st Century from the Goldberg Collection\, Museum &\; Galleries of NSW\, Sydney\, Australia (201 4)\; In ___ We Trust: Art and Money\, Columbus Museum of Art\, Col umbus\, OH (2014)\; In Transit: Between Image and Object\, MASS Mo CA\, North Adams\, MA (2014)\; Pattern: Follow the Rules\, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University\, MI (2013). His work is included in public and private collections internationally including Th e San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)\, CA\; Eli and Edythe Broad A rt Museum\, Michigan State University\, MI\; Dallas Museum of Art\, Dallas\ , TX\; Museum of Contemporary Art\, Chicago\, IL\; Sammlung Goetz\, Munich\ , Germany\; and AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario\, Toronto\, Canada. Forthcomin g solo exhibitions include Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts\, Tochig i\, Japan (2015) and Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery\, The University of the Arts\, Philadelphia\, PA (2015).

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