Scott Stulen: Kool Aid Drunk
Scott Stulen’s paintings and sculptures investigate how shared cultural memory, in particular memory based on specific images, texts, and popular media, can slip into fiction or fabrication, creating a partial truth recalled as authentic memory or experience. Stulen is fascinated in how familiar, yet isolated references can be combined to create a new experience, which is both personal, yet foreign. Stulen views his role much like a DJ, sampling fragments of pop culture, personal and collective histories and false memories and combining them into a singular work. The key is in selecting, remixing and dropping of the appropriate sequence of samples, thus leading the audience to find meaning in unexpected places. Kool-Aid Drunk is a new body of work, which speaks to issues of failure, loss, hope and anxiety through Little House on the Prairie, family vacations and Midwestern passive aggression.