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Scout's Box by David Chatt

Exhibition  /  11 Jun 2021  -  11 Jul 2021
Published: 23.06.2021
David Chatt. Object: Brownie Camera and Box, 2017. Glass beads and found objects.. 17 × 5 × 5 in 43.2 × 12.7 × 12.7 cm. David Chatt
Object: Brownie Camera and Box, 2017
Glass beads and found objects.
17 × 5 × 5 in 43.2 × 12.7 × 12.7 cm
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Intro
In the exhibition, the artist David Chatt lives in a small one-bedroom apartment that someone recently compared to an adult version of Scout’s Box. This was a comparison he very much enjoyed. As long as David has been able to form thoughts and clasp objects he has collected things. Even with limited real estate, he owns an unreasonable amount of furniture with small drawers. In each and every drawer you will find collections big and small of things that spark something in him.

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The opening scene of the 1962 film version of Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird begins with a view of Scout’s box. It is an ordinary cigar box, but as we see her hands tentatively approach it and lift the lid while quietly humming to herself, we understand that this box holds something of importance. We have been allowed to see something private and meaningful; we are sharing an intimate moment with this young girl. As this collection is revealed, our minds make associations. The pocket watch, the marbles, the piece of string, and the length of the ball chain, they are all clues, but we do not yet know to what. In the absence of this knowledge, we superimpose our own experiences with these objects. By doing so, we find commonality with this fictional person.

Artist David Chatt lives in a small one-bedroom apartment that someone recently compared to an adult version of Scout’s Box. This was a comparison he very much enjoyed. As long as David has been able to form thoughts and clasp objects he has collected things. Even with limited real estate, he owns an unreasonable amount of furniture with small drawers. In each and every drawer you will find collections big and small of things that spark something in him.

This exhibition moves the objects from the drawers and into the gallery and like Scout’s reverently presented collection it begins to tell a story, in part, of the person who did the accumulating. Chatt however, has chosen to move them closer to anonymity, muting his own recollections and reflections with the hopes of telling a universal story. Monochromatic beads halt the movement of the pocket watch, the cassette player will no longer open, the kitchen mixer doesn’t mix. The objects have been covered by meticulously beaded needlework over the course of hours, days, and years. Shiny red beads mummify plastic army men that David played with as a child; a glass bottle, beaded shut, still holds some of the sand he collected at the beach. The result is an immediate sense of familiarity coupled with confusion: 'I understand what this is but is it still this thing?' We admire the brilliant handwork that tames and exalts the object but there is a bittersweet tang as we retrieve our own stories of these common objects.

And they are common enough. An egg, a whistle. A now frozen-in-time boombox that in the artist’s words, “once provided an introduction to the mysterious realm of the adult. Like me, it came with a collection of knobs and buttons I didn’t quite know how to operate but that seemed compelling, nonetheless.” It’s Complicated, a neckpiece made of beaded hearts also includes small, folded pieces of paper, the words illegible, the kind that could have easily been found in Scout’s box. Are they notes passed in class? Letters from a sweetheart? The fraught prose of a child on the precipice of adulthood? David Chatt taps into our own stories with this body of work, asking us to connect with his collection and make it our own.
David Chatt. Necklace: Artillery, 2018. Glass beads, thread, and plastic soldiers.. Ø 23 x 58.4 cm. David Chatt
Necklace: Artillery, 2018
Glass beads, thread, and plastic soldiers.
Ø 23 x 58.4 cm
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David Chatt. Button: Whistle, 2019. Glass beads, thread, and found object.. Ø 38 x 95 cm. David Chatt
Button: Whistle, 2019
Glass beads, thread, and found object.
Ø 38 x 95 cm
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David Chatt. Installation: If She Knew You Were Coming..., 2015. Found objects, glass beads, and wood.. 57 × 40 × 23 in 144.8 × 101.6 × 58.4 cm. David Chatt
Installation: If She Knew You Were Coming..., 2015
Found objects, glass beads, and wood.
57 × 40 × 23 in 144.8 × 101.6 × 58.4 cm
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David Chatt. Installation: If She Knew You Were Coming..., 2015. Found objects, glass beads, and wood.. 57 × 40 × 23 in 144.8 × 101.6 × 58.4 cm. Details. David Chatt
Installation: If She Knew You Were Coming..., 2015
Found objects, glass beads, and wood.
57 × 40 × 23 in 144.8 × 101.6 × 58.4 cm

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David Chatt. Installation: If She Knew You Were Coming..., 2015. Found objects, glass beads, and wood.. 57 × 40 × 23 in 144.8 × 101.6 × 58.4 cm. Details. David Chatt
Installation: If She Knew You Were Coming..., 2015
Found objects, glass beads, and wood.
57 × 40 × 23 in 144.8 × 101.6 × 58.4 cm

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David Chatt. Object: 1982, 2015, 2015. Found object and glass beads.. 14 × 23 × 4 1/2 in 35.6 × 58.4 × 11.4 cm. David Chatt
Object: 1982, 2015, 2015
Found object and glass beads.
14 × 23 × 4 1/2 in 35.6 × 58.4 × 11.4 cm
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