Scott Goss, Distorted Message (2021). LCD screen, Raspberry Pi, Arduino,
lead screw, stepper motor, mixed media
In my experiential installations I create surreal video-based environments that explore human nature and the connections we have with those around us. I am typically the protagonist in my work, and through extensive research and exploration into my own psychology, I seek to better understand both myself and others. My pieces, which lean partially toward the absurd and are usually slightly humorous, engage the viewer’s curiosity by encouraging them to peek, pry, and interact to fully experience the work. I do this by creating environments that often require the viewer to climb, lay, or crawl within the installation to discover hidden video projections and monitors.
These interactive environments are created with the use of computer-controlled machines and video projections. Each piece is controlled by one or more small computer modules called a Raspberry Pi. This simple computer allows the opportunity to specifically create systems that control the mechanisms and/or video displays incorporated into each piece. Using a variety of mediums, including wood, steel, glass, and other building materials, the design of my work often references both architecture and engineering. With this, each piece I create seeks to find a better understanding of human interactions, while also activating the curiosity of my audience.
Scott Goss is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores various mediums including public art, sculpture, installations, and glass. Scott has completed numerous public art projects and commissions, including an interactive illuminated sculpture for Worthington Yards Apartments in downtown Cleveland, a gateway project for the city of Shaker Heights, OH, a viewing platform for the Cleveland Conventions Bureau, and a glass panel project for Summa Hospital in Akron, OH. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2006 and his MFA from Kent State University in 2014. His work has been exhibited nationally and is represented by galleries in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. His work and research have additionally been supported through grants by the Ohio Arts Council, Harpo Foundation and Kent State University. Currently Scott is a Lecturer of Foundations at the Cleveland Institute of Art.