My practice explores painting and drawing through a binding of its performative activity with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – a grappling art, similar to wrestling and Judo. Several past works involved following a set of constraints that forced abrupt switching between mark-making and grappling activity. This enabled the works to be created under a state of mushin (no-mind) that involved the combination of unconscious and conscious, mental and bodily influences. The spirit of this model reflects the Classical Greek gymnasium where training the mind and body through rhetoric and wrestling practice were regarded as mutually informing processes. I also reference Yves Klein, a former Judo practitioner who used concepts learned in his training to shape the conceptual frameworks for his monochromes and Anthropometries body prints.
Scott’s experience at Belgrade AIR:
During my stay at Belgrade A.I.R. as a (martial) artist in residence, I attempted to further collapse the realms of art, martial arts, and everyday life. In addition to building on the aforementioned ideas, a stronger emphasis was placed on collaborative participation which included local artist Predrag Damjanovic and the two hosts Gordana Zikic and Bosko Begovic. This lead to the creation of an ephemeral space titled Mushin Space V.1 which conflated martial arts training, studio practice, and work presentation for one night only.
Belgrade A.I.R. appears to be the only artist residence in the world that promotes martial arts research in the contemporary art context. Gordana and Bosko are incredibly friendly, resourceful, and well-connected in the local art and martial arts scene. This was an amazing experience, not only for furthering the development of my practice, but for the energizing feeling of belonging to an intimate, like-minded collective of artists and martial artists with the common goal of pushing beyond conventional boundaries.
MUSHIN SPARRING 2 (WORKSHOP)
Participants: Bosko Bogovic & Predrag Damjanovic
- 3-minute sparring round + 3-minute painting round (repeat)
- 1 painting per round
- 10 rounds total
Photos from the post-workshop interview about process.
MUSHIN SOLO DRILLS 2
– Participant #1 completes 10x armbars, alternating between left and right side.
– Participant #1 immediately draws 10x lines with a graphite stick, alternating between horizontal and vertical lines within a drawn square that measures the average wingspan between both participants. Lines must be drawn as straight as possible, beginning 2 inches from the frame of the square and ending 2 inches from the square. The speed in which they are drawn must equate to the speed of previously executed armbars.
– After completing 5 rounds (50x armbars and 50x lines), Participant #2 proceeds with the same tasks.
Performed by myself (Participant #1) and Bosko Begovic (Participant #2) during the opening of Mushin Space V.1 exhibition
RELEASES: SCHEMATICS, SCRIBBLES, AND PROPOSALS
MUSHIN SPACE V.1 EXHIBITION
- Approx. 100 provisional drawings/paintings completed in various settings : at home, in studio, in gallery, at the bus stop, in-between sparring rounds, etc.
- Content : Grocery lists, tracking injuries, jiu-jitsu diagrams, lecture notes, partially-developed proposals for the future, surrounding environments and objects, to do lists, art history references, script-like gestures, entangled limbs, repetition, unintentional material traces (footprints, mixing palette, spilled liquids, etc.), systems of organization, collaged fragments of my printed photos from daily life in Belgrade. Past, present, future.
(STILL SHOTS OF … ) PAINTED STOP-MOTION ANIMATION PROJECTED ONTO “FLOW GRAPPLING” SESSION – VIDEO