Nov 12 - Dec 22 | Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12, 3 - 6 PM
Traver Gallery is excited to welcome Scott Fife back to the gallery for his second exhibition, Cardboard Kingdom. For his new show, Fife presents a series of large-scale and improbably intimate portraits of large, mythic beasts; animals whose character and history animate our folktales and fill our collective imagination. Built by hand using cardboard and glue in his Vashon Island studio, Fife’s remarkably detailed and tactile sculptures invite us to contemplate the potent relationship between human and animal realms. He says of this new body of work, “Physically beautiful; we endear these animals with many meanings. But they are predators and prey in a brutal world. These are portraits of individuals as they are in nature, balancing survival.”
Scott Fife follows in the footsteps of Pop artists from the 1960s and 1970s by focusing on the fads and fascinations of American culture and using non-traditional materials to create his sculptures. Beginning with commercial products, he turned to objects from everyday life and also created a series of portraits of celebrities all fashioned using archival cardboard, glue, and screws. To give these simple things greater cachet, Fife often recreates them at an exaggerated scale making them literally larger-than-life.