Artcast 001: Skee Mask & Iris Scott
Metamorph’s new Artcast series focuses on the idea of Synesthesia, a condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another. Featured in our first Artcast is DJ & Producer Skee Mask and artist Iris Scott who specializes in vivid oil paintings using nothing else but her fingertips.
Skee Mask is a Munich-based producer whose sound blurs the lines between techno, ambient, breakbeat, and experimental. His highly-touted 2016 album Shred released on Ilian Tape best explores these genres which also include spacey and melodic elements that take the listener on a journey from beginning to end. For this artcast, Skee Mask recorded an ambient and experimental mix in which Iris Scott used for inspiration for one of her up-coming works.
Having listened to Skee Mask’s mix four times through while painting, Scott’s piece is entitled “Corrida de Taxi,” a play on the concept of bull fighting. Her dress is an echo of the bull fighter’s red cape, and the bull ring being New York City. Onlookers on a bull fight are now voyeurs around her, inluding the viewer of the painting. The bull has been replaced with a taxi, or more generally, all taxis. She spins and twirls her red cape (dress), taunting the attention of the red-obsessed bull, which has now been replaced with the male’s gaze symbolically. But really she’s pulling a stunt to grab the attention of a taxi for her ride home. Surrealistically she draws from the Bullfighters a revolutionary technique. Her dark hair is reminiscent also of a Spanish woman-rather than a Spanish man. The typical gender for bullfights. This indirectly speaks to gender roles and Bullfighting culture.