Skount and the Projected Mask of Self

Periodically it is a worthy practice to consider how many masks one wears, and why.

What are you projecting? What are you concealing? Or are you simply an open book for all to read, no constructed identity whatsoever; just a fresh wholesome apple growing on this tree ready to be picked?

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

99%ers, Occupiers, and Anonymous activists are wearing Guy Fawkes masks to project a unifying image of breaking a corrupt system and preventing identifying individuals. In their highly produced and staged videos so-called ISIS members are concealing their identities from those who would like to know exactly who they are and who is backing them and to instill the fog of general fear. This years most talked about Halloween mask in New York was the Donald Trump mask,  perhaps as a way to express disgust and derision of the person depicted as well as to deliberately evoke our fears that such an aggressive ignoramus might win any election, let alone for, you know, President of the US.

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

Spanish-now-Amsterdam-based Street Artist and fine artist Skount has been examining masks in his work for a few years from a historical perspective as they relate to social identity as well as in performance, theater, and the sacred. Often we observe that his figures’ faces provide opportunity to travel into space or mystic realm, his costumes rich with folk traditions and magic.

More recently he says that his examination has become more personal, with considerations of Freud’s studies a hundred and twenty years ago into the mechanisms of shielding ourselves psychologically with our constructed masks, deflecting critical analysis of our defects, projecting our virtuous aspects.

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

In this new collection of works for Skount’s opening of “Projections: Internal latent” in Gold Coast, Australia tonight at the 19 karen Gallery, Skount is inspired by the inner self as it may be expressed via classic theater, cultural ornamentation, and our concept of deity. Using traditional painting he incorporates hand-made glass collage and even LED lights  to reflect an inner universe, invariably projected outward – an alchemy of presentation for all to see, and perhaps to hide behind.

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

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Skount. Projections – Internal Latent at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace. Australia. (photo © Skount)

 

 

 

Skount Projections – Internal Latent opens today at 19 Karen Contemporary ArtSpace in Gold Coast, Austrailia. Click HERE for more details.

 

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