[INSIDE STORY] Artist Scott Patt Wants to Make Your Day Bigger, Smaller, Funnier
For the past year (since Jan. 2014) Scott Patt has been turning daily observations, objects found, and notions notions into a series of 3-inch-by-4-inch works of Instagram-friendly art. 365 plus paintings and thousands of followers later, the project has come together in Bigger, Smaller, Funnier, a show at (our neighbor) the Wintson Watcher Gallery. Here, Scott shares Google keywords and what inspires him to follow his art daily.
What’s one thing the Internet doesn’t know about you? All the answers in this interview.
What would the title of your autobiography be? You could pretty much pull any any of the titles from my recent year-long painting-a-day project “Bigger. Smaller. Funnier.”……“Fuck you I’m not sensitive.”, “They’re called feelings”, “Don’t worry, this is about you”, “It’s not me, it’s you”
What’s your favorite travel destination? I travel a lot for work so currently my favorite place is Home. We just moved back east to the New Hampshire seacoast and it’s perfect. We’re back with great friends, we bought a beautiful Contemporary Cape (with a great art studio) in the woods and it’s only fifteen minutes to the beach for some good surf.
What items can be found on you at all times? Blue Ballpoint pen from the Maritime Hotel.
To what are you addicted? What’d you hear?
What did you Google last? Synonyms for “slow”
What’s the last thing you took a photo of? Encouraging Post-Its on a telephone pole #lovenotesfromshawn
If you were going to win an award tomorrow for anything, what would it be and what would you like written on the trophy? Making someone’s day. “good job”
Favorite midnight/all-day snack? M&M’s, Corn Chex and Bourbon in no particular order
If you had 24-hours in NYC, where’s the first place you would go? To see my show “Bigger. Smaller. Funnier” at Winston Wächter Fine Art in NYC. I cannot get enough of it and they keep recurating it because there are over 365 pieces in the show. There is always something new to see! I feel so fortunate to be showing at such an amazing gallery. Seeing my work hanging in New York makes me really proud and the work makes me laugh (which is a good sign considering I made it).
Who’s your fantasy dinner party guest, and where would you dine? I’d like to get Abraham, Muhammad, Jesus, Buddha and Bill Murray together to sort some shit out. We’d eat upstairs at the Carriage House Restaurant in Rye New Hampshire. They’ve got a great private table for 8 with a nice view of the ocean, full bar, great seafood and enough diversity on the menu that I think the guys would like it.
When’s the last time you were inspired – by what? Concurrent to being an Artist, I’m the VP of Product Design & Innovation for Cole Haan. It’s very inspiring watching over 20 designers successfully work together to author a massive body of amazing work. And there’s this, my mom was mentioning yesterday how she and my dad were recently on a trip and all they ate were tacos. She said they were “tacoed to death”. That was a funny mental image on many levels so I made an art piece out of it. Death by taco would be desirable for some. It’s the little things.
With what character fictional or not, do you most identify and why? I’ve got a pretty active imagination so I can’t think of who I HAVEN’T wanted to be but it’s never been too productive. As hard as I try I will never be Sam Elliot.
Scott Patt’s show Bigger, Smaller, Funnier is on view until August 28th