Created for the production of The Mountaintop by People's Light in Malvern, PA.
We discussed the idea that this image should be about creating a link between MLK’s powerful work and the present day issues of race and power. This should be something relevant and alive. So what does the post-King America look like? Sadly there are a lot of dead bodies. There’s public grieving and a fervent call to make #blacklivesmatter. We chose shoes as our medium, since they represent the diverse people that wore them. Young/old, male/female, black/white. These are the people that marched for civil rights, the people that carry on King’s legacy today, and also the people lost along the way. Shoes are frequently used in protests to represent people that have been lost to violence. Lined up in public places, these dramatic installations silently stand as a reminder of the very real humans behind the abstract numbers we encounter daily. What these shoes represent moving forward will be up to each of us individually.
Martin Luther King Jr. Shoe Portrait by Noah Scalin
Martin Luther King Jr. Shoe Portrait (Time-Lapse) by Noah Scalin
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was born and raised in Richmond and is a great representative of the historical creative culture of the city where I was born and raised as well. In fact the neighborhood he grew up in was at one time considered the "Harlem of the South". He originally busked for pennies outside of theaters before he became one of the highest paid black artists in America. Sadly he died penniless. He is memorialized by a statue not far from where I live and work today.
Sticker Portraits (series)
stickers on panel 20 x 20in.
Sticker Portrait Commission by Noah Scalin (time lapse)
Arranged computer keys.
For a proposed They Might Be Giants video for the song Erase, which was co-created with Meena Khalili.
TMBG "Erase" Dial-A-Song Video
Twin Peaks (series)
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Twin Peaks I was asked to create some work for Makeout Creek Magazine & their The Great Southern art exhibition.
These four portraits were made entirely from cherry pie filling.
Gertrude Stein (series)
Commissioned by Target Margin Theater in NYC for their 2014-2015 season of productions of Gertrude Stein plays.
Arranged flower petals. Commissioned by O+M Co. in anticipation of the premiere of the Broadway musical about Carole King's life.
Arranged sequins. Commissioned by the producer of Night of A Thousand Judys, an event which helps to raise money for the Ali Forney Center – the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBTQ youth.
Ultimate Beauty Bible
Commission for the play Ultimate Beauty Bible produced by Page 73 in NYC.
Ultimate Beauty Bible commission by Noah Scalin
Livin' La Vida Imelda
Arranged plaster and detritus. Commissioned by Ma-Yi Theatre Company in NYC, for their production of Livin' La Vida Imelda.
Among The Dead
Commissioned artwork for theatrical production in NYC by Ma-yi Theater.
Arranged vintage illustrations. Created for the Artists Coloring Book.