Utilizing an abstract perspective, Douglas Shaw Elder’s exhibition, OKecoSCAPES, (SCAPES) observes the cycles of nature that inevitably direct all life forms. This series contemplates the specific transformative forces of creation and growth and their counterparts, destruction and erosion. Organic and dark in character, SCAPES conveys the sense of the raw, unalterable power of nature - its splendor, its force, and its sheer magnitude.
SCAPES began as large relief sculptures carved from layered polychrome plywood. Recently, the focus has shifted to an exploration of Oklahoma’s unique ecosystems, specifically depicting the diverse visual landscapes the state has to offer. The most recent series of SCAPES, currently operating under the title OKecoSCAPES, evolved naturally from the visual themes of the pieces Douglas has been creating for the past several years. All these works are influenced by forces of nature, contemplated through experiential art making, and resulting in raw and organic finished drawings and carvings.
Elder is a working artist, primarily producing drawings and sculpture, who has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been the Executive Director of the Firehouse Art Center in Norman, Oklahoma since 2007. Elder, a U.S. Army veteran who received his MFA from Boston University, is also an arts educator and visual arts advocate.