For Immediate Release
August 3, 2023
Scott Sandell: Measures of Instability at Suffolk’s Lyceum Gallery
Scott Sandell is a printmaker, collage artist, and papermaker. Layering natural
motifs into abstract compositions that harken to otherworldly forests, Sandell creates
atmospheric tapestries that envelope the viewer in sizes up to seven feet high.
Scott Sandell: Measures of Instability, an exhibit of large-scale collages will be exhibited at the Lyceum Gallery on Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus from August 30 through October 31, 2023. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2023.
Scott Sandell is a printmaker, collage artist, and papermaker. Layering natural motifs into abstract compositions that harken to otherworldly forests, Sandell creates atmospheric tapestries that envelope the viewer in sizes up to seven feet high. Sandell hand-etches compositional elements that he prints onto handmade paper using an etching press with lithography inks, super saturated with pigment creating delicate tonal nuances. The works in the exhibition hang without frames adding a sense of physical lightness to Sandell’s perceptually weightless compositions. Most are sewn together, which is a process the artist, an avid sailor brought from sail making.
“The seams create another type of line that directs your eye through the work, and one of my hopes is that the viewer will think about the thin thread that holds their world, their clothes, their family, and their relationships together,” Sandell said. “Here, the thread becomes a considered gesture in an image made by an artist.”
Scott Sandell grew up in Minnesota, lived in Oregon, and settled in Sag Harbor where he has resided for more than 40 years. Educated at the University of Minnesota, Sandell studied printmaking with Universal Limited Art Editions' master printer Zigmunds Priede, then printed his work at Robert Blackburn's Printmakers Workshop in New York City, until founding his own press, Deepwater Editions. Sandell received a Pollock Krasner grant in 2015 to create an expansive body of work entitled “The Shipwrecked Voices.” His work has appeared in films and television shows, and on the CD covers of composer John Adams, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and jazz pianist Jacques Loussier. Sandell’s art has wrapped two Hampton Jitneys, and appears on the wine labels of Long Island’s Roanoke Vineyards. The artist’s largest works include a 26’ x 52’ piece in the Pittsburgh Penguin’s arena, and sixty large scale 3D works that hang from the walls and ceilings of the Internal Revenue Service’s main campus in Kansas City.
Scott Sandell’s work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center; the Brooklyn Museum; the Nelson-Atkins Museum; the Frederick Weisman Museum; The Plains Museum; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Chrysler Museum; the U.S. State Department in Havana, Cuba; the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela; Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace, the Ritz Carlton in Doha, Qatar, and hundreds of private and corporate collections. Sandell is represented by James Gallery in Pittsburgh PA (www.jamesgallery.net).
For more information about Scott Sandell’s work visit: www.deepwaterprojects.net.
The Lyceum Gallery hours are:
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays
Call the gallery at Suffolk’s Multi Learning Resource Center for more information: (631) 548-2536