|Portrait of Brian Scott by Heimo (heimophotography.com)|
Brian Scott is the Creative Director of Boon Design, has worked with the likes of Apple and Miranda July, and is the designer of our exhibition catalog Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought. It's a stunning book that looks different from any other we've produced. This made us wonder: who is he, and how did he approach the challenge of creating a book about trees, where the subject matter is not just contained in the words, but in the paper itself?
How did you incorporate the environmental themes of the exhibition into the design and production of the catalog?
For the past several years it's a tree that is not very large but potent. The Brugmansia can be a large shrub or a tree, in the case of my backyard, it's definitely a tree. It's a remarkable tree as it produces toxic but enticingly fragrant trumpet-like flowers, which release their most seductive scent at night. They remind me of my favorite part of being young in Florida—the intoxicatingly fragrant evenings, where every night walk was an olfactory out-of-body experience. Plus my honey bees seem to love them.
It's too difficult to pick one given my history: being in the New Mexican desert walking amongst Walter De Maria's Lightning Field. Robert Irwin at the DIA in New York City. Gordon Matta-Clark at the Berkeley Art Museum.