Scott Treleavent

Space is the place, 2016


Diptych of 2 Soft ground, aquatint and chine-collé
Ed. of 9
44 x 36 cm

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About Scott Treleavent (Toronto, Canada, 1972) View artist profile >>

Scott Treleaven is a Canadian artist whose work employs a variety of media including collage, film, video, drawing, photography and installation. Critical writings have invoked references to Jean Genet, William S. Burroughs, Jack Pierson and Nan Goldin, in describing Treleaven's place in "a lineage of stubborn misfits". He attended the Etobicoke School of Arts. Treleaven's drawings are included in the final segment of 'Outside the Lines' at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, a major 2014 survey on contemporary abstraction.
Treleaven's first film, Queercore: A Punk-u-mentary, was produced in 1996, a documentary about the queercore scene in the 1990s.

In 2002, Treleaven presented a summary of his independent publishing experiences in a film entitled The Salivation Army that was screened at MOMA and Art Basel, Switzerland. In 2005, photographer / director Carter Smith approached Treleaven to adapt his published horror story, Bugcrush, to the award-winning short film from Smith's Sundance Film Festival. Director Steven Spielberg has openly praised the film. In 2008, he appeared in the feature film The Lollipop Generation by G.B. Jones, along with Jena von Brücker, Mark Ewert, Vaginal Davis, Calvin Johnson and Joel Gibb.

In March 2011, the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) presented a program of Treleaven films as part of the Queer Cinema of the Collection: Today and Yesterday programs, curated by the artist AA Bronson and Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Film Department, in the museum of modern art. At the same time as the documentary Queercore: punk-u-mental, Treleaven created an illustrated project for the magazine called This Is The Salivation Army (1996-1999): a mixture of punk, gothic, occult and industrial aesthetics, together with tributes to iconoclasts such as William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, William Blake and Derek Jarman. The zine was a sowing field for a variety of concepts and styles that would continue to appear in the visual art of Treleaven. Books, magazines and publications produced independently continue to be a recurring theme throughout his work.

In 2006, Printed Matter (NY) and Art Metropole (Toronto) published a book commemorating the tenth anniversary of the This Is The Salivation Army project, which contains a complete reprint of the magazines along with more recent drawings and collages. Treleaven's contribution to the publications of artists was recently recognized in the book In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955.

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