The Odyssey
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The Odyssey

Scooter La Forge

Jealous East

22 Mar 2018 — 10 Apr 2018

Jealous is proud to present The Odyssey, a show of paintings and prints by New York-based artist Scooter LaForge. This is his debut show in London, curated by legendary DJ Seth Troxler.

Fairytales gone wrong—inhabited by sexy boys and subversive fairies masquerading and transforming into cyclopes, nymphs, magical creatures, angels, and monsters—have always been a natural terrain for Scooter’s paintings. He travels fluidly between being a painter’s painter and the mores of fashion. His canvas is as shape-shifting as his allegories, be it properly mounted on stretcher bars, body-painting, painting on clothing, or directly on walls. In the Jealous show, Scooter’s painterly adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey merges the existent and the imaginary, just as the latter combined history with ancient Greek mythology. Polyphemus; Who’s No Body? (2018), the first print Scooter created at Jealous Print Studio, originated from an actual body-painting of the face and clothing of his friend and fellow artist Joel Handorff, transforming Joel into an imaginary cyclops. Odysseus’ cunning claim to Polyphemus of being ‘nobody’ becomes an allegory of the artist’s rouse.