The second installment of Concrete Galleries is upon us, featuring the work of Scott Szegeski, Asbury Park!
The Gallery will run in the Salon from February 8th to April 5th.
Scott is a printer who uses the Japanese style of “gyotaku” printing. Scott finds inspiration in surfing and the art of surfboards – the shape, size and design; functional pieces of art that carve ephemeral lines into a wave’s face.
- Gallery Opening Cocktail Party: February 15th from 6-9. Make it a Valentine’s Day Weekend and bring your date!
- Gallery Closing Party for Charity & Art Auction: March 13th from 6-9! Details to come soon…
You can preview Scott’s work here.
I have always found inspiration in surfing and the art of surfboards – the shape, size and design; they are functional pieces of art that carve ephemeral lines into a wave’s face. While I am a life-long surfer, it wasn’t until I was waiting to get medication for my dog when the inspiration for my surfboard gyotaku was born. I saw a beautiful print by a gyotaku artist Jeffrey Peacock. His primary subject is fish, continuing a more than century-old tradition initiated by Japanese fishermen. While the piece was vibrant and beautiful, I realized, personally, I would be far more stimulated by a different subject – the equipment used in the pursuit and enjoyment of surfing.
Coincidentally, there are many similarities between an actual fish and the shape and design of a surfboard. Using the strict guidelines of gyotaku (color, koji paper and sumi ink), I made a commitment to show people the raw view of the equipment used to take humans into the ocean. The life of a surfboard is varied, some lasting decades and others never making it past the initial paddle-out; this life is uncovered when shown in print form. These fragile instruments in print become more like a fingerprint of the life of the subject. The viewer is able to see that time the surfer ran into a rock, or when a giant wave broke the nose of his or her favorite board. A father can save the exact size and shape of his first board so a shaper can recreate it for his daughter 20 years after the board is gone.
After spending years printing a variety of boards in my free time from my family’s restaurants, I have compiled a portfolio of work that is currently on display at the Outeast Gallery & Goods in Montauk, NY. Now, my next exploration stems from my unbreakable ties to the restaurant industry. I will turn my attention to creating a gyotaku fish knife series, chronicling the tools used in the art of sushi.
In addition to the Outeast Gallery & Goods, examples of my work can be seen in:
- Tower 20 Gallery - Santa Monica, CA
- Coastal Living Magazine
- Northeast Magazine
- Surf Story Book
For more information, a stocklist or to book a show, please visit www.Surfboard-Gyotaku.com