ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Noah Scalin’s work explores the theme of transience – specifically the temporary nature of our individual lives and tenuous nature of  human existence on the planet. Rooted in the medieval concept of memento mori, a reflection on mortality meant to spur a greater reverence for life and reevaluation of priorities, Scalin’s work asks us to take notice of everyday moments.

The Taoist concept of balance – the idea that dark is required to understand light; that destruction is what makes creation valuable – is an ever-present theme in Scalin’s work. Images of death and violence are contrasted with objects and subjects that represent the greatest intellectual and technological achievements of humankind. Thus, Scalin underscores the grey area that lies between innovation and devastation.

By using everyday items, including mass produced consumer goods, in his photographs, installations, and sculptures, Scalin asks the viewer to recontextualize the ‘things’ in their lives that are normally taken for granted, overlooked or discarded. His work narrates the potential long-term impact of humans and their creations, giving the audience an opportunity to shift their ‘thing-ethos’ from linear (cradle-to-grave), to cyclical (cradle-to-cradle).

Inspired by the work of 16th century painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Scalin’s work creates a visual vibration – an oscillation between form and symbol – as the viewer shifts between seeing the subject represented and the objects used to create it. Hans Holbein the Younger’s painting The Ambassadors is also a touchstone for the perspectival shifts required to view much of Scalin’s work. While the subject may be instantly recognizable in reproduction, it can be difficult to decipher in person without an intermediary, like a camera. These pieces bring into question how the human brain interprets stimuli and perceives (or fails to perceive) the nature of the reality around us.

In the same spirit as the sand mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism, much of Scalin’s work is intentionally temporary or ephemeral. Like our own lives, these works revert back to their component parts or are destroyed after a short lifespan, only to exist in documentation and memories after they’re gone.

BIO

Noah Scalin (http://NoahScalin.com) is creator of the Webby Award winning project Skull-A-Day and the collaborative science fiction universe & performance art project League of Space Pirates. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mütter Museum and Krause Gallery in NYC. His work has been featured in dozens of publications including Fast Company, Juxtapos, Beautiful/Decay, USA Today, The Telegraph, and the New York Times. Noah co-runs Another Limited Rebellion an art & innovation consulting firm and is a sought after public speaker on creativity. He is the author of six books, including most recently Creative Sprint – which he co-wrote with his sister/business partner Mica Scalin. Noah is the first artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business.

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016

Portrait of Innovation: Maggie Walker (installation) Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Business, October 10 – 27

Memento Mori: Skulls & Bones in Art (invitational) Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA, September 24 – November 5

Emerging to Established – Extended (group show) Krause Gallery, NYC, September 7 – October 5

L'Art de Crâner (invitational) Galerie Sakura, Paris, France, July 2 – October 2

Portrait of Innovation: James Conway Farley (installation) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, June 11

Madame Zoe's (installation w/Thea Duskin) Chop Suey Books, Richmond, VA, April – October

Dead Media 5 (installation) Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Unconventional (group show) WYN317, Miami, FL

2015

Anatomy of War (solo show) Krause Gallery, NYC

Now What: 50 posters from the “Occupy: What’s Next?” collection (group show) Natalie & James Thompson Gallery, San José State University, San José, California.

Carpe Noctem (invitational) The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA

Emerging to Established, Year 3 (group show) Krause Gallery, NYC

Past to Present (group show) Krause Gallery, NYC

Portraits of Innovation: Gertrude Stein (solo exhibition) The Connelly Theater, NYC

Clubbed Thumb Collaborations (solo exhibition) Wild Project (NYC)

The Memorial Library of Kenton J. Stanfield (installation with Thea Duskin) Chop Suey Books, Richmond, VA

Group Show 3 (invitational), Glitch Gallery, Richmond, VA

Darkmatters (invitational) Alchemy NFK, Norfolk, VA

2014

Celebrabis Vitae (invitational) Box Studios, London, UK

Fall Line Fest (juried exhbition) – Gallery 5, Richmond, VA

Manhattan Project (solo exhibition) – Krause Gallery, NYC

The Skull Show (invitational) – Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center for The Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

Graphic Advocacy – Art Directors Club, NYC

Emerging to Established (group show) – Krause Gallery, NYC

The Medium and the Message: The Poster in the Clash of Ideologies (invitational) – DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

Rare Nature: The Endangered Species Print Project (group show) – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IL

2013

Natural Selection (solo exhibition) –Krause Gallery, NYC

Think Small 7 (invitational) – Artspace, Richmond, VA

Scientia: Richard Feynman (installation) – Governor’s Island Art Fair, New York, NY

Emerging to Established (group show) Krause Gallery, NYC

Face Off (co-curator invitational) – International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL

SCOPE Art Fair – represented by Krause Gallery, New York, NY

US & China Typographic Poster Exchange (invitational touring exhibition) – Various locations including, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA & Gallery of Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, Beijing, China

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age (invitational) Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA

2012

Above and Below (commissioned installation) – TCC Visual Arts Center, Tidewater, VA

Skull Appreciation Day (co-curator invitational) – Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Hollow Thoughts (invitational) – Gallery Nucleus, Los Angeles, CA

All is Vanity (solo exhibition) – Pine Street Barber Shop, Richmond, VA

Catch 22 (invitational) – 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

2011

Skulls (solo exhibition) – Krause Gallery, New York, NY

Made In Phones (invitational) – Minut Init Galleria, Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia

Cabinet of Curiosities (solo exhibition) – Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ

Skull Appreciation Day (co-curator of invitational) – Gallery 5, Richmond, VA

SCOPE Art Fair – represented by Krause Gallery, New York, NY

Endangered Species Print Project (group show) – The Gallery of the
Common Experience
, San Marcos, TX

A Live Animal (group exhibition)– Root Division, San Francisco, CA

United Skull of America II (installation) – Main Art X Gallery, Richmond, VA

2010

Small Works – Krause Gallery, New York, NY

Small Wonder – 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

Skull (invitational) – Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ

Let There Be Light (invitational) – PVCC, Charlottesville, VA

Limited Reading Required – Main Art Gallery, Richmond, VA

Street Anatomy (group show) – International Museum of Surgical Sciences, Chicago, IL

Poe's Playground (invitational) – Piedmont Arts Association, Martinsville, VA

Luck of The Draw II (invitational) – Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA

Wretched Glory (invitational) – Ghostprint Gallery, Richmond, VA

Endangered Species Print Project (group exhibition) – Barbara&Barbara, Chicago, IL

2009     

Small Wonder (invitational) – 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

Poster4Tomorrow (competition) –
23 International Galleries

What You Can Do With The City (curated exhibition) – Graham Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

Think Small 5 (invitational) – Artspace, Richmond, VA

Skull-A-Day (solo display) – Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Skulls (solo exhibition) – Chaos Gallery at the Museum of Death, Los Angeles, CA

After Life: A Skull Exhibition (solo exhibition) – Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA

2008

Not So Silent Night (invitational) –1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

Art In A Box (invitational) – Art6, Richmond, VA

SKULLS (solo exhibition) – Chop Suey Tuey, Richmond, VA

What You Can Do With the City (curated exhibition) – Canadian Center for Architecture, Quebec, Canada

Take Action! (juried exhibition) – Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

 

AUTHORED BOOKS

Creative Sprint (with Mica Scalin), Voyageur Press

Skull-A-Day, Chop Suey Books Books

The Design Actvist's Handbook, How Books

Unstuck, Voyageur Press

365: A Daily Creativity Journal,
Voyageur Press

Skulls, Lark Books

Spectacles for the short sighted. 1. Masks as agents of social control , self published
in collection of MoMA

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK/ARTICLES

VCU News "VCU School of Business artist-in-residence teaches change in perspective" October 20, 2016

WTVR "What VCU artist in residence Noah Scalin made from donated clothes" October 17, 2016

Community Idea Stations "VCU School of Business To Unveil 30-Foot Pop-up Portrait of Maggie Walker" October 17, 2016

OC Weekly "Huntington Beach Art Center Embraces Death With 'Memento Mori: Skulls and Bones In Art'" October 13, 2016

Richmond BizSense "Q&A with Noah Scalin: VCU’s first business artist-in-residence" September 26, 2016

New York Magazine: Daily Intelligencer "Why This Artist Created an Intricate Portrait of Martin Luther King Out of Shoes" September 19, 2016

Style Weekly "Artist Noah Scalin Chats About His New VCU Business Appointment" September 13, 2016

Laughing Squid "Artist Crafts an Anamorphic Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. Using Shoes of All Colors, Shapes and Sizes" September 9, 2016

Laughing Squid "A Fascinating Time Lapse of an Artist Crafting an Accurate Self-Portrait Made Entirely With Stickers" Aug 3, 2016

AV Club "Artist makes huge anamorphic portrait out of thrift store clothes" June 23, 2016

Laughing Squid "Artist Creates a Giant Anamorphic Tribute Portrait of James Conway Farley Using Thrift Store Clothing" June 22, 2016

Richmond Times-Dispatch "Art Gallery: Installation by Noah Scalin and Thea Duskin at Chop Suey Books" April 27, 2016

Laughing Squid "Artist Noah Scalin Creates Oversized Anamorphic Skull Out of Discarded Newspapers" March 31, 2016

Buzzworthy "Artist Noah Scalin Wants You to Think About the Impact of Guns"
February 10, 2016

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Special Edition 2016 Scholastic Books

Juxtapoz "Anatomy of War" January 29, 2016

Beautiful/Decay "Noah Scalin's 'Anatomically Correct' Guns" January 26, 2016  

Fast Company "Guns Have Human Guts In These Hyperreal Sculptures" January 21, 2016

Design Indaba "Artist's gun dissections reveal the innards of war" January 18, 2016

Good "Artist Exposes the Guts and Gore of Violence With Gun Dissections" January 13, 2016

Ufunk " Anatomy of War – The amazing organic weapons of Noah Scalin" January 12, 2016

Design Boom "Noah Scalin conceptualizes the anatomy of war with sculptural intestine weapons" January 11, 2016

Catálogodiseñeo "Anatomy of War" January 13, 2016

Business Destinations "Artists Aren't Just Creatives. They're Business People." November 17, 2015

Richmond Magazine "Creativity over Coffee" November 20, 2015

Nerdcore "Anamorphic Dead Media Skulls" October 2015

Widewalls "Noah Scalin Sketches Out the Anatomy of War in New York Gallery"  September 2015

Fast Company "Why You Should Hire An Artist As Your Next Business Consultant" September 2015

Killer Innovations "Innovation Needs Inspiration" S11 E24

Artzray "Artist Noah Scalin More Than A Skull-A-Day" August 17, 2015

Unity.FM "Creativity As A Way of Life/Lifestyle: Make Something Every Day!" June 10, 2015

Makeout Creek Magazine #7 April 2015

Nerdist "TWIN PEAKS Inspired Portraits Made With Cherry Pie Filling Look Scrumptious" April 26, 2015

RYOT "Creating New Art From Old Media" April 17, 2015

Street Anatomy "Anatomy of War" March 5, 2015

Laughing Squid "Artist Noah Scalin Creates an Anamorphic Skull Installation From Hundreds of Old Books" January 30, 2015

Never Eat Alone Keith Ferrazzi, Crown Business

Richmond Times-Dispatch "Skull Artist's Book will get 2nd Printing" December 29, 2014

WVTF "Noah Scalin's Skull-A-Day" December 11, 2014

Fast Company, "How To Exercise Your Creative Muscle" October 23, 2014

Time Out London, "Celebrabis Vitae"
October 21, 2014

The Mammoth Book of Skulls Edited by Ilya
Running Press

My Modern Metropolis “Detailed Portraits of Scientists Constructed Out of Hundreds of Matchsticks” September 15, 2014

Widewalls “Scalin’s Manhattan Project” September 12, 2014

Out "Night of a Thousand Judys: Art Inspired by Judy Garland" June 3, 2014

Skull Art Prints Laurence King Publishing, UK

Artribune "I Magnifici 9 New York. Orchard Street" November 22, 2013

Furia Mag "Los retratos y cráneos de grandes científicos hechos con residuos por Noah Scalin" November 12, 2013

Richmond Times-Dispatch "Scalin: Two prominent Richmond artists, two big new projects" December 2, 2012

The New York Times "Arts Beat: Behind the Poster" March 12, 2012

The Moment edited by Larry Smith
Harper Perennial

Skull Style Farameh Media

Book of Skulls Laurence King Publishing

FRESH Cutting Edge Illustrations
Magma Brand Design

The New York Times: The Learning
Network "100 Ways to Celebrate the
100th Day of School" January 28, 2011

The Telegraph, UK "The Week In Pictures"
September 3, 2010

Wired.com "Underwire: Giant Skull is Made of This Slices of Brain" September 1, 2010

The New York Times "Visual Learning: The
'Passion Play' Poster" February 26, 2010

LA Weekly “Is That A Skull In Your Bread...?”
May 26, 2009

The New York Times "Why Blog?
Reason No. 92: Book Deal" March 30, 2008

Penthouse “Skullduggery” November 2008

TheNewYorker.com “Book Bench”
July 30, 2008

USAToday.com "Pop Candy: Skulls For All
Seasons” August 22, 2007

SELECTED HONORS + AWARDS

Keynote Speaker: CreativeMornings RVA

Invited Speaker: GE Crotonville, Ossining, NY

Invited Speaker: The Martin Agency,
Richmond, VA

Invited Speaker: Dolce Hotels & Resorts,
Norwalk, CT

Invited Speaker: Havas, NYC

Invited Speaker: Sunshine Sachs, NYC

Invited Speaker: Federal Reserve Bank,
Richmond, VA

Invited Speaker: Celebrity Cruises

Invited Speaker, CapitalOne, McLean, VA

Keynote Speaker, NC Potters Conference,
Asheboro, NC

Invited Speaker, GE Capital Fairfield, CT

Keynote Speaker: Virginia Arts Education
Association Conference
, Norfolk, VA

Invited Speaker: Impact! School of Visual Arts, NYC

Keynote Speaker: MindSpark, GAP,
San Francisco, CA

Invited Speaker: New York Public Library, NYC

Invited Speaker: Banana Republic, NYC

Invited Speaker: SXSW Interactive, Austin, TX

Keynote Speaker: CREATE 365 Teaching Artist Conference New Jersey Arts Education Collective, Hamilton, NJ

Invited Artist: Kid Robot, NYC

Invited Speaker: Interagency Visual Media Group Conference, Washington, DC

Invited Speaker: Gel Conference, NYC

Invited Speaker: Etsy Success Symposium, New York, NY

EDUCATION

BFA New York University, Tisch School of The Arts, NYC