Taureau Noir (installation view; actual is 6 foot by 9 foot)
Taureau Noir evokes the simultaneous, polarized expressions that take place around the ring of the bullfight - a vessel to experience beauty and disturbance, elegance and grotesque, presence and absence, seduction and repulsion, and sophistication and primitivity. The installation consists of remnants from 36 bullfights - blood in the sand, marks made by the matador's sword and the bull's horns across the targets of the arena walls, and meat. By isolating the visual iconography which frames the action, without including the forces that caused it, Taureau Noir sets an abstract stage in which the antiquitous subject can be explored as an existential, age-old, internal pilgrimage in which one goes to contemplate man and animal, culture and wilderness, art and entertainment, and life and death.
This body of work was shot during a residency in Arles, France as a recipient of the International Center of Photography's L’Ecole Nationale Photographie Superieur Award. Exhibitions have included the Rita K. Hillman Gallery, International Center of Photography (New York, NY), and Box 13 Art Space with Lakes Were Rivers, in conjunction with Fotofest, the International Contemporary Photography Biennial (Houston, TX).
Currently through September 25, 2016, Susan Scafati is the Modern Voice artist (with a smaller-scale reproduction of her Taureau Noir installation below on view) in the Blanton Museum's "Goya: Mad Reason" exhibition, curated by Douglas Cushing, where she can be heard reflecting on her experiences making artworks on the subject of the bullfight.
Taureau Noir, 6' x 9' installation consisting of 36 8"x10" C-prints individually framed.