Mid 30's Attractive Couple Looking for Friends - mw4mw, 2010
Paint Chip Sample Mosaic on Panel 
44 x 44 in. 

Branded Rose (Violet), 2015
Ralph Lauren Shirts, Wire, Tape 
Variable dimension


Inspired by the bedroom communities of the Midwest, my work examines the conflict between our need to push our individual sexual boundaries and our desire to appear as ambassadors of a white-picket-fence America. Using objects sourced from the suburban landscape, such as paint chip samples from Home Depot and clothing from the all-American company Ralph Lauren, along with imagery and text appropriated from the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist, I explore the dichotomy between public persona and private sexual behavior. My paintings, sculptures and mosaics use the vernacular of the American heartland to scratch the surface of suburban pretense, exploring the compulsion to veil ourselves behind the facade of a commoditized version of the American Dream.

About Carlton Scott Sturgill 

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1971, Carlton Scott Sturgill is a visual artist currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He studied fine art at the University of Cincinnati (BA, 2002) and the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, United Kingdom (MAFA 2005). His work has been exhibited internationally, including group shows in Berlin, Dublin, Toronto, Detroit and Philadelphia, and he has had solo exhibitions in New York, London and Cincinnati. The Vanderbilt Republic (Brooklyn) will host his next solo exhibition in February 2016.