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Scott Waters

Flare Launch

2009, Oil on canvas, 24"w x 36"h

This painting was created via my participation with the Canadian Forces Artists Program and is based on photos taken during training for a combat mission to Afghanistan. Flare Launch (and much of my practice) looks at the aesthetics of violence and the inherent beauty of power as well as the inability of an image to carry the dialogue of moments with high emotional stakes. Is it possible to allow viewers access to the thoughts and emotions of soldiers who are preparing to fight in a war? I try to depict the gap between lived experience and its potential dissemination to a disconnected viewer.

Scott Waters - Flare Launch

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.