An interview with Scott Lyman

Q:
Please give a description of your work Folly/Monument, 2015; Excerpts from Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Swimming Pool-Library” 2014 [thought processes, materials, will this inspire future work]


A:
Folly/Monument is the architectual installation inside which my film, Excerpts from Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Swimming Pool-Library” (HD video, 26 minutes, 2014) plays on a loop. The structure is intended to provide an intimate environment for the viewer, and references neoclassical landscape garden architecture from the exterior, and a public toilet from the interior. It is meant to serve as a semi-ironic monument to gay history in the UK.


Q:
It was fantastic to be accepted into 2015’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Please tell us about the experience.


A:
It is such an honor to have been selected, and one that I never would’ve expected. I come from a performance background, so my transition to fine art is fairly recent. It’s been an incredible journey.


Q:
How did you become interested in architecture, is it a staple of your practice?


A:
I’ve been fascinated with architecture since I was a child, but in recent years I’ve become interested in understanding architecture and my personal connection to different forms through a sociopolitical lens. For example, what do different kinds of architecture signify, and how has the meaning surrounding certain styles changed over the years? I’m always inclined to tackle these subject in my work.


Q:
What are your thoughts on the crossover between art and architecture that you have experienced in your practice?


A:
I think there’s a tremendous amount of crossover, particularly in how contemporary artists are really branching out to tackle other artistic mediums (architecture, dance, music and sound, cinema). I’d say I’m just at the beginning of exploring this territory.


Q:
As an artist how has the support from ABA and Portview International been beneficial to you?


A:
I couldn’t have exhibited at New Contemporaries without support from ABA and Portview. I wouldn’t be here. It’s been an incredible privilege as an early career artist to find backers such as these. There’s no way I could’ve rebuilt Folly/Monument to such incredible standards. I’m deeply grateful for their support.


Q:
How have you found the experience of working with ABA and Portview International?


A:
It’s been a real pleasure. Both sponsors have been incredibly professional and exacting in their standards. They just took care of everything, it was so fabulous.


Q:
What are you working on at the moment?

A:
I just finished my first artist residency at Blitz in Valletta, Malta, where I studied the architectural identies of Malta and how they’re being impacted by economic and social change, such as the migrant crisis. It was great. And I’ve also been commissioned to make a short video work that will premiere at Frieze Art Fair in 2016, and a short narrative film that will premiere at the Valletta International Film Festival in Malta this June. it’s an incredibly exciting time!

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