Group Show at Louis B. James

Touch the Moon

Scott Alario, Anna Betbeze, Chris Caccamise, Christian Dietkus, goldiechiari, Anna Sew Hoy, Kelly Jazvac, Joshua Johnson, David Malek, Demetrius Oliver, Adam Shecter, Bret Slater, Josh Slater, Kara Tanaka

12 December 2013 - 26 January, 2014

Opening: 12 December, New York


Louis B. James Gallery
143b Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

Scott Alario on Photography

When did you become interested in photography?
People often have the sweetest stories about discovering photography. Mine is sweet to me, too. My grandfather and father both made the most wonderful 35mm/chrome/slides. Grampa Clump made literal travel documentation and my dad, Tony, makes amazing “art shots” - undeniably formative, vivid colors. A photograph I made when I was 16 received a compliment, and it stuck. We just need support after all, so don’t hold-back your feed-back!

Why photography?
Photography is a good medium for introverts. Introverts tend to give energy to the world, and maybe making a photograph is a way to take some of that energy back. For me, I like that with a photograph I can share authorship with chance, with time / a moment itself. If an image sucks - I share the responsibility and fault with happenstance, and if it’s great, me and time were collaborating geniuses. :) But really, a lot of pressure becomes alleviated by allowing chance into one’s art practice. Chance also leads one to new ideas. Photography is often read as truthful, so in that sense it’s good at telling stories and asking questions.

What are you currently working on?
Family pictures all the time, symbolical and not. And a side project, conceptually empty portraits of candy in color. Photographing in my neighborhood too in Providence. Always thinking about books and zines. I’m so superstitious, it’s all top secret!

Scott Alario: Background Noise

Where do you live now?
Providence, Rhode Island

What do you not understand?
The paradigm.

Do you have anything that moves in your home?
Everything is constantly moving in my house.

What smell have you been encountering lately?
Bee and Flower soap.

What are you most afraid of?
My kids’ well being.

Where do you spend your free time?
At home.

What is good?

How do you manage?

What do you spend a lot of time thinking about?
What to do next.

Instagram is:

What do you hear right now?
Infrastructural humming.

How do you feel right now?
Very calm.

What are you?
A scorpio.

What is the problem?
Lack of respect.

What’s the real problem?
Lack of interest.

What calms you?

What do you try to avoid?
Too many things.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen recently?
A crazy pet shop.

You are:
Not that clever.

Photography is:
How our eyes work.

Society is:
The paradigm, or a list of rules we should be breaking?

The world is:
Our mother and she needs our love.

The universe is:
In our minds.