Born in 1970, Paul Stout grew up in Los Angeles, spending his youth absorbed in the world of insects, and his adolescent and teen years building and painting plastic model kits and fantasy dioramas. He lived in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Arizona State University graduating with a sculpture BFA in 1996. He relocated to Richmond California in fall 1996 to pursue his master’s degree, earned in 2001 from San Francisco State University. He now lives in Salt Lake City.
He has worked as a blacksmith, a welder, a furniture fabricator, and a plastic fabricator, was a homeless man in a television commercial, had a speaking role in the pilot of “Knight Rider 2000”, and is now employed as a sculpture/intermedia professor at the University of Utah. He was threatened with arrest for creating a work of art incorporating a federally protected migratory bird, and he has undergone major surgery on one occasion. He has shown at The Tucson Museum of Art, The Bentley Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona, New Langton Arts in San Francisco, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, The California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Rare Gallery in New York City, The Salt Lake Art Center in Utah and many other locations.
The focus of Paul’s work is the interaction between technology, culture and nature. He is specifically interested in how the formation of our cultural perception in the west in the last several centuries has been the product of a growing adoration of and reliance on science and technology, and how we, as a society, use tangible technological explanations to describe the natural world. He is also interested in our culture’s understanding and representation of animals and the non-human. He approaches these subjects using the materials and methodologies best suited to the specific idea he wants to communicate.
For Another Night of Warmth (and detail); glass, plastic, stainless steel, putty, paint, flocking, 18 x 12 x 12"
Apparition (and details); glass, plastic, electrical components and wire, brass, steel, lcd screen, preserved plant and animal matter, H: 14", Diam: 7"
Second Nature; 20 tables, plastic, soil, resin covered mounds with protruding roots, circuit boards, wire, motor, steel blade and mechanical components inside; dimensions variable, tables: 24 x 30 x 18"
Second Nature (detail); 20 tables, plastic, soil, resin covered mounds with protruding roots, circuit boards, wire, motor, steel blade and mechanical components inside; dimensions variable, tables: 24 x 30 x 18"
Second Nature (large); wood, aluminum, steel, plastic, circuit boards, wire, motors, 62 x 30 x 18"
The Breath of Life Stripped of its Breadth; 72 x 36 x 20"
A Contrivance to Hunt Deer at Great Distances (installation view); guided missile system consisting of video documentation, target deer decoy (foam, paint, steel, TV camera, wood), control apparatus (plastic, aluminum, TV, batteries, and electronics), launch platform (aluminum, steel, electronics), missiles (wood, cardboard, paint, plastic, electronics), display case (wood, plastic, fabric, paper napkin), spent missiles (wood, cardboard, paint, plastic, electronics, on wooden display brackets), dimensions variable
A Contrivance to Hunt Deer At Great Distances (detail of spent missile); wood, cardboard, paint, plastic, electronics, wooden display bracket, 18 x 18 x 18"
The Twenty States of Desire: The Postures of Deer, Antelope and Goat Nostrils from Ennui to Ecstasy; bronze powder on plastic nose references purchased from a taxidermy catalog, each mounted nose is 7” diameter, overall dimensions variable
The Thirteen Emotions Expressed By Turkeys; 1999; bronze powder on plastic turkey heads with glass eyes, mounted on gold leafed plastic ferrules, each turkey head life sized and mounted on a 3” diameter Ferrule, overall dimensions variable
Squirrel Death Masks; wooden cabinet with cast squirrel death masks (from a taxidermy catalog) on a velvet pillow with engraved brass tags, 48 x 15 x 9"
Lost in the New Landscape; plastic casing with glass top enclosing a moth, light, and brass, steel and aluminum parts, 18 x 12"
Pastoral Scene; plastic casing with a glass top enclosing two flies, linoleum flooring, a dead mouse in a trap, a penny, lint, and brass, steel and aluminum parts, H: 20", Diam: 12"
New American Landscape; plastic casing with a glass top enclosing a flower, Astroturf, a butterfly chrysalis, and brass, steel and aluminum parts, H: 15", Diam: 6"
Untitled (The New American Landscape); plastic, brass, glass, steel, Styrofoam, preserved plants, sand, mechanical fish, H: 20", Diam: 10"
Untitled (The New American Landscape); plastic casing with a glass top enclosing a Butterfly, Styrofoam soil rocks and fruit, dried grasses and leaves, and brass, steel and aluminum parts, H: 20", Diam: 8"
Untitled (The New American Landscape); plastic, brass, glass, steel, Styrofoam, preserved plants, bumble bee, H: 14.5", Diam: 6"
Father Mother Son Daughter; plastic mountain lion nose references (from a taxidermy catalog) in a wooden frame with engraved brass tags, 12 x 18 x 3"
Hear and There; office partitions, chairs, red autodialing telephones, resin, balsa wood, glue, paint, 66 x 96 x 48"
Treetime; wood, aluminum, steel, copper, wiring, motors, electronics, 72 x 60 x 60"
Year of the Dog; 2006, mixed media installation