Carl “Synchronicity“ Scrase is a Melbourne born–and–bred artist; an exile of the leafy suburban bourgeoise set. From this somewhat culturally tethered outlook, Scrase resolved to “change the world“ through art. Immediately following his graduation from the VCA Fine Arts (Painting) programme, Scrase hit the ground running with an impressive display of works. As an exhibitor in the Next Wave Festival, he was accordingly represented in the esteemed Melbourne Art Fair. Subsequently, Scrase has maintained his artistic integrity with shows at local ARIs (Artist Run Initiatives) including TCB Waratah Place, and as part of the Platform Artists Group in the Degraves Subway. He says that some of his greatest influences come from “psychologists, philosophers and writers; Carl Jung, Haruki Murakami, Tom Robbins” and I believe you may well be able to detect shades of Half Asleep in Frogs Pajamas in some of his works.
As stated, Scrase endeavours to change the world and has established a framework in doing so; using a three–pronged approach that encompasses (documented) personal introspection, his pronounced tactility in objets d‘art, and in seeking to determine the nature of societal reflex and the possibility of such an endeavour. Although I define these 3 directions in my own words; his Artistic Statement can be found on the carlscrase.com website. I must also comment that within these endeavours it is clear in my mind, that Scrase has achieved such a pronouncement in the tactility of his art. This was most recently seen in his 14–metre tall The Generative Power of Opposites; an inflated “2–finger salute“ that was featured at the Splendour In The Grass festival and then re–mounted during February at the Perth Cultural Centre.
But of course you must see his art to make of it what you will, yourself. Carl “Synchronicity“ Scrase (or) his Wemakeus Collective will no doubt be exhibiting at a gallery near you.
Psychological landscape of a man flying off the planet.
Photo Collage on Wood, 2010
Carl Scrase is represented by John Buckley Gallery in Richmond.