Scott Osborne is an artist living and working in Montreal, Quebec. Osborne is originally from a small rural town in Ontario, surrounded by cattle farms, and corn fields. They graduated from York University in Toronto with BFA in 2017 and are a recent MFA graduate in Print Media from Concordia University.
Scott is driven by the idea of collectivity. Shared experiences, shared spaces, shared feelings, or shared emotions—a sense of belonging to something that is greater than yourself. Fascinated by what constructs these frameworks and spaces, they look to the performative nature that exists within them. Investigating the phenomenon of spectacle and the many ways it manifests—the theater, concerts, sporting events, drag shows, film, circus, parties etc.— they provide a mode of escapism, a lure away from the mundane to experience some form of ecstasy. By picking apart these performances they draw interest in the objects and arenas that support the spectacle, the things that exist both before, and after, absent of any particular body or performer. Scott questions how images and objects carry meaning, and how they are able to engage, construct and activate spaces and situations.
While maintaining a level of subtlety, humor and playfulness are blended with personal narrative, collective experience, and queer cultural references, to reveal what is behind the blinds of the spaces that have been fabricated. Constructing scenes that mimic and allude to a performance or spectacle that may or may not have happened. Connection, queerness, anticipation and identity are themes that run through Scott’s practice, and through the juxtaposition and enigmatic characteristics of their work—as well as its malleability in signifiers—new stories are able to be produced with a sense of empathy, humour and criticism.