Scott R. McMaster is a Newfoundland born artist and educator now living in Montreal and a just received a Ph.D. in Art Education at Concordia University. His dissertation ‘Crowdsourcing Global Culture: Visual Representation in the Age of Information’ was funded by the QC Government and has earned him the National Art Education Association’s prestigious ‘Elliot Eisner Doctoral Dissertation Award’, the highest accolade for an emerging scholar in the field of fine arts education.
Scott grew up in the small city of Corner Brook and discovering a love for photography enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell School of Fine Arts. There he dabbled in just about every area of visual arts and majored in photography and multimedia/sculpture, graduating in 2000.
Scott then left his home town to travel and teach abroad in Asia and Korea. He lived, worked and travelled there for over eight years and returned to his studies in 2008 later completing a Masters of Education in Information Technology from Memorial University in 2010.
Scott has been photographing the world from his unique perspective for over 15 years and has exhibited in Canada and Asia. His photos explore abstract landscapes of waste and follow the de-evolution of man-made materials, playing upon viewer’s notions of narrative and traditional beauty. His current academic research involves the use of crowd sourcing technologies and image-based research to explore the effects of globalization. Studying imagery from around the world through the lens of popular visual culture he hopes to reveal strategies for teaching visual literacy and ways to integrate the critical assessment of visual culture into formal and informal learning environments. He also enjoys hiking, travel and exploring new cultures.
A quick note on Scott’s artwork and photography; you’ll probably notice that none of his abstract photographs have titles, he always leaves them ‘untitled’ so that he does not impose his interpretations on those viewing the artwork. They only bear the numbers from scanning machines and digital cameras; these are left so that they can be identified yet still remaining relatively non-coercive.
Scott enjoys hearing the stories that people share while encountering his art, so ‘Untitled’ leaves them with a certain neutrality and approach-ability, thus open to interpretation and imagination. To learn more about his approach to art and photography please read his Artist’s Statement and Statement of Practice.The majority of photos displayed are a mix of traditional colour negative and colour reversal produced with a few different analogue cameras along with images from a variety of digital cameras. Almost all of the prints that were exhibited are from traditional negative and slide films that were scanned and printed.
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