20 Under 25: Scott Draft

Video artist/curator, 24, Tampa

It's hard to describe Scott Draft's video art, but here are a few stabs: "Wildly layered, vacillating between analogue and digital aesthetic, his work touches the soul of all those born into the information age" (Anat Pollock, Director of Digital Video and Electronic Arts at USF, where Scott is getting his degree). "Moreso than anything, the place it's at right now is pop culture video collage" (Scott Draft). A manic mix of channel-flipping, pattern art, cell phones, retro music video, a dash of Charlie Sheen, a flash of Monty Python (me). OK, I guess Scott's "pop culture video collage" says it all. His work has been shown in two juried events at USF, and at the Contemporary Art Museum of North Miami.

What attracted him to video: "Skateboarding. The majority of skate videos I watched had something creative and interesting added. My brother also does video." And how: Travis Grant was the writer/director of MTV's seminal Buzzkill show in the '90s, and can thus be credited, or blamed, for instigating a whole era of video Jackass-ery. (Scott also says he was lucky enough to have attended a high school in Altamonte Springs that taught digital.)

Representing for USF video art: He and Marysia Lopez (a CL contributor) co-curated a show of 40 artists at the West Tampa Center for the Arts last year. "We were trying to be USF-centric, to show artists doing new and interesting work. A lot of video work is extremely underrepresented."

Art or nothing: "I felt an art degree wasn't necessarily practical. I tried to stay away from it as long as I could, then figured I wasn't going to pass if I didn't do what I wanted to do, and ran back to art."

But never boring: He's been told by a few viewers that his videos are boring "because people can't find connections between things." He admits he occasionally tries to make parts of each video "absolutely torturous to watch... I'm trying to test my own limits." All the same, he says, "I'd argue they're not boring because there's so much going on." And he'd be right.

See Scott's videos here while his new website is under construction.

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