Magical Thinking is a not-for-profit publishing and educational intiative founded by Joshua Lutz and Tara Cronin in 2010. Its commitment to furthering our understanding of the importance of how images function revolves around a programme of books, exhibitions and educational workshops.
Scarecrows and creatures both real and imagined are set in landscapes that may bring to mind an old horror film set left abandoned or a place that exists only when you walk to the end of a long dirt road. In Iowa, Ohio Scott Daniel Ellison creates a storybook world where the viewer is often placed in an uncertain or precarious situation, the darkly humorous works are often sparse and enigmatic, suggesting but never completely offering extending narratives. The collection of paintings featured in 'Iowa, Ohio' are drawn mostly from his childhood memories in rural upstate New York.
Scott Daniel Ellison's paintings have been shown extensively in New York City as well as abroad. Ellison has been recently rewarded with a solo show at Pulse, Miami in 2010 and a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2012. He is currently represented by CLAMPART in New York City.