Scott Alberg

We are very happy to feature the work of Scott Alberg. A fine art photographer and educator His works have appeared in the Photographic Resource Center, Oni Gallery and Project Basho.

I had the pleasure of meeting Scott when we sat together to discuss his projects at the New England Portfolio Reviews. I immediately was drawn to these images. Scott is bringing us into this strange realm where potential seems to have been differed. Where the desert is the canvas for loss and neglect. Furthermore, these images to me are beautiful and thought provoking. Naked concrete slabs, broken lonely hunks of home siding perhaps, unfinished glorious home construction. Stark and brightly illuminated in the hot desert sunshine. Like ancient altars with a history of unknown rituals now seemingly interrupted. Lost in Summer City.

-Steven Duede


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Bio

Scott Alberg ‚Äč(b. 1975) lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds an M.F.A. degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a B.A. in Art History from Boston University. He has exhibited at the New England School of Photography, Project Basho, Photographic Resource Center, Oni Gallery, and was a Review Santa Fe 100 invitee in 2018.

Alberg currently teaches photography at Framingham High School in Framingham, Massachusetts. He has previously taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Cheyenne High School (North Las Vegas, NV) and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. He previously worked at the Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, MA and Gateway Arts in Brookline, MA. 

Statement

Summaville is an ongoing project that explores the social landscapes of post recession Las Vegas and its desert fringes. The project orbits around a master-planned community created in the mid-1980’s under the proposed—and ultimately rejected—name of Summaville, a “summary-city” that would evoke past, present, and future (this development would eventually be named Summerlin and grow to accommodate over one hundred thousand people). My family spent over 20 years living in this area and it has become a second home to me.

The series is built around anomalous occurrences in the landscape. The ambiguous contours of this region’s (sub)urban and desert environments continue to drive the project; its locations, objects, and moments fluctuate between relevance and irrelevance, the consequential and the trivial. The landscape and its inhabitants cling to an American dream that has already become an abstraction or forgotten memory. When viewed collectively the photographs of Summaville form an imagined geography and history of a strange and special potential. Has something really happened here? Is something about to happen?