FLOAT/SWIM FEATURES ASBURY ARTIST SCOTT SZEGESKI

Salon Concrete, 121 Broad Street in Red Bank, is hosting Float/Swim, an exhibit featuring the work of Asbury Park artist and business owner Scott Szegeski, who, along with wife Marilyn Schlossbach, operate Asbury Park establishments like Langosta Lounge, Lightly Salted Surf Mercado, Asbury Park Yacht Club, Dauphine Grille/Berkeley Bar, and Pop’s Garage (also located at Grove West in Shrewsbury) to name a few.

The gallery opening happens on Saturday, February 15th from 6 to 9pm at Salon Concrete’s Concrete Galleries.

Szegeski, who’s work is mainly inspired by anything having to do with surfing and surfboards, uses a printing technique called Gyotaku, a Japanese art style dating back to the 1860’s used to preserve and record the size and species of fish caught by Japanese fishermen. Instead of fish, Scott dives into his vintage surfboard and fin collection which ultimately become new works of art and are dipped in sumi ink and stamped onto koji paper.

“The traditional prints are done using fish (gyo= fish. taku=rubbing), ” says Szegeski. “My subject matter is all surf related items that are directly taken from fish and water born creatures. Examples are fins, flippers, swallow or fish tails, and the like. I make my own ink, get my paper from Japan and follow the standards of traditional gyotaku as close as I can while concentrating on the subject matter that interests me.”

The opening reception will feature live music, dancing and cheese from the Cheese Cave of Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

For more of Scott’s work visit surfboardgyotaku.blogspot.com. Salon Concrete is located at 121 Broad Street in Red Bank. For more information call 732 219 6558.

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