Scott Gore is a division chair of applied and theater arts at Carroll Community College. And he is a regional digital artist.
Gore started his professional career as a broadcast designer for Fox television, while he was in his senior year of college at Millersville University. During this time he had an opportunity to become an adjunct at York College of Pennsylvania. After teaching his first college course, Gore fell in love with teaching and knew his career would entail working with young talent, helping them foster their gifts and love for art and design.
Wanting to teach full time, Gore left York College and took a job at Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts (later to become the Art Institute of Pennsylvania), shortly becoming head of the Multimedia Design Department. This position solidified his career path, thus Gore decided to go back to school to earn his MFA in Graphic Design, in order to earn the credentials that he needed to teach at the university level. Gore earned his MFA from Towson University in 2005.
Before coming to Carroll, Gore had worked at a variety of institutions both as an adjunct and as a full-time instructor. These include Towson University, New Horizons Technical Institute, Bradley Academy for the Visual arts, and York College of Pennsylvania.
Gore has always been interested in art and drew as a child. He liked to draw comic books and began to make his own comic books featuring Super Heroes. “I could see the visual narrative,” he said. “You could see what was going on through the visual content.”
He liked the colors and the way the images were cropped for visual stimuli. It was not necessary to read the words to get the impact of the story. He fell in love with well-known comic book artists such as Canadian Tom McFarlane known for his artwork for Spider-Man and the horror fantasy series Spawn. Gore also admired Jim Lee, the artist of Wonder Woman and Jack Kirby, writer, editor and artist, known as an innovator of comic books art.
Gore’s comic book art was real, but not realistic. According to Gore, comic book art has its own surreal images. The images shaped his future artwork.
Gore took private art lessons as well as art classes at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School. He also got interested in drafting courses as part of Industrial Arts, as it was called at that time. As part of the curriculum, he learned how to run a color press. Gore was always drawn to the mechanical nature of making things rather than the artistic side.
When Gore started painting, he tried to replicate machine-based processes.
Gore was drawn to the works of Roy Lichtenstein, whose pop art was inspired by comic books. He also admired Andy Warhol, another famous pop artist known for such images as his Campbell’s Soup cans. American Artist, Patrick Nagel also influenced Gore with his Art Deco inspired illustration style. Graphic artist Robert Rauschenburg is considered the inspiration of every art movement after Abstract Expressionism. He influenced the later Pop Art Movement.
Gore attended Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he spent hours attempting to do acrylic paintings in order to make them perfect. Gore used a very tight comic book style. He wanted the lines perfectly straight or angles to be perfectly exact.
Finally, in 1991, the first Apple IIci came out. Gore was introduced to Photoshop 1 (know just as Photoshop at the time), Mac Paint and Corel Draw. “I started realizing that I could make things perfect on the computer. It was the first time I was able to create what I wanted stylistically.”
Gore was a photography major but could not get the visualization he wanted. Now he was able to manipulate his images on a computer. As a result, he changed his major to graphic design. Now, Gore was able to create original artwork that he conceptualized with the perfection he desired.
The irony is that when he got into digital art it was not an acceptable form of artistic expression. Gore was a groundbreaker in bringing digital art to the fine art world, but had to wait, along with others of us who do digital artwork until more advances were made in printing with computers.
When Gore graduated from Millersville University in 1995, there was still no giclée technology, but he kept making digital art and was committed to the process. Gore took his art to various galleries with hopes that they would show his work, but unfortunately they would not take his work because his images were not archival. Then, in the late 1990s, gicleée technology was developed for making archival print proofs of works generated on a computer.
Gore started a business in York with a partner to make giclée prints. At the time, the Epson printers were numbered. They purchased No. 3, thus they owned the third printer ever sold by Epson, which was designed to make these new giclée prints. Gore knew they had something unique and that they were ahead of technology application in the arts.
In the 1990s, gicleés were rated to not fade for 50-75 fading but now they are rated at 200 years. Gore refers to his work as original gicleés because they are original multiples. They are not reproductions.
"Original" is a specific digital printmaking term used to contextualize art forms that are produced as multiples, such as cast bronze sculptures or Fine Art Limited Edition Prints. Thus, each piece is considered a “multiple original.”
Originality ultimately has to do with intent and execution. An original print is one that the artist, from conception, intended to produce as a print and hence, is not a printed copy of another medium. Alternately, when an artist chooses to have an existing original painting or drawing made into a print and editioned, that print is considered a reproduction of the original, and therefore not an original itself.
For the last 20 years, Gore has continued experimenting with digital fine art technology. For the last 10 years, Gore taught a class on digital printmaking at Carroll Community College. According to Gore, “You create substrates by hand and then make them archival using certain chemicals. Then you use a digital giclée printer to print onto the substrates, resulting in the production of original giclée prints. The handmade substrates give the art a unique one-of-a-kind look.”