May 21 - June 19, 2016
Saturday May 21, 7-10pm
Surf, sky, ink. Two artists merge printmaking and life to deliver a contemporary view on nostalgia.
Artist’s talk Thursday, June 9, 7:30pm
Scott Szegeski is a New Jersey-based surfer and artist who is known for his gyotaku art and surf-inspired interpretations of Japanese printing.
Szegeski presents a unique blend of traditional Japanese printmaking, surf culture and history, mixed with travel nostalgia through as seen through the eyes of an avid surfer and cultural entrepreneur.
“Inspiration for ‘Sometime Where’ first came about after I found old slides of a family trip to post WWII Southern California. During the war, we had taken our best minds of the time and put them in large labs and had them invent things to help the United States win the war. Afterward, these new inventions were taken into communities and industries and used in ways they were not intended for. Items such as styrofoam, moldable injected rubber, and mixed woven fabrics inadvertently launched the new direction of the surf industry - right there, with those things, at that time. ‘Sometime Where’ is as much about creative alternative use as it is about advancing those uses for peaceful purposes and how it influenced modern surf culture.” - SS
Lois White, co-founder and resident artist of EXNO9 is a textile and knitwear designer and fine art photographer who connects ideas, concepts and experiences to her camera. For her, the use of the lens is less about capturing a moment but an intent or experience that is tangible to the viewer.
In ‘Sometime Where, White’s lush timeless black and white photographs of cloud and seascapes are an echo back and forward in time. They sit on the edge of beauty and danger, much like the calm before a storm.
Her color work is a contemporary and graphic depiction of the timeless fascination with beach, sea, and surf.
Her non-traditional printmaking process bridges the digital and analog worlds. White works in the digital darkroom and produces archival pigment prints on classical ‘non-approved’ heavyweight cotton rag with results rivaling photo etching, photogravure and silver gelatin, and puts to bed questions of purity between the two worlds.