Scott McCracken's work sustains itself through the core activity of painting, a self-generating practice where the research and the making not only run parallel but converge and coalesce. He is interested in the nature of pictorial representation and how painting can exist simultaneously as a medium, as a practice and as a philosophy. The paintings vary from crude representation towards a purer abstraction and present a continually shifting pictorial language. Frequently, the process will push the ‘content’ and the image will gradually shift from one visual state to another. Objects and forms can be suggested and these visual motifs act as pictorial anchors, providing a stability and sense of recognition within the picture plane.
In essence the paintings are a record of a particular process, at a particular point in time. McCracken is interested in thinking through and around painting; at questioning it’s role, purpose and validity. His paintings are containers for a collection of marks, stains, patches and lumps; their arrangement on the surface should suggest a territory of speculation, history, process and chance. His work documents both the impossibility of painting and the impossibility of not painting.