Scott Bluedorn

“I like the idea of where something can be more than the sum of its parts but you have to also look at the individual parts.” Scott Bluedorn works in a variety of artistic modalities and at the heart of his work is an interest in how we relate to objects. He’s working through the disposability of materials as one theme but not with a social or political bent. instead it’s more about looking at the world on both micro and macro levels.

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Nautical themes and imagery are recurring influences. But reinterpreting that iconography stems from the visual cues around him, not as a deliberate interest in leveraging these potent symbols. Working with patterns like polynesian motifs is also part of his process, but less for the decoration than for the meditative pleasure of the repetition. Bluedorn is a trained illustrator, heavily influenced by architecture and engineering. That orderly precision and meticulousness contributes to the sensibility that his art is really about: many small things together make one big thing. The fantastical and the surreal often rear their heads in his work as well. Hybrid creatures are center stage because the duality of two disparate beings in a forced marriage equates to an intriguing aesthetic unification. Bluedorn is pursuing the rhetorical quality of art. He is not looking for answers to questions, only hoping that each question will create more questions—for himself and his viewers. if these motivations are the elemental, the micro of scott Bluedorn, the perpetual body of work is the macro.

“The medium is never the message, it’s just a means. I like exploring materiality but my pieces are never about the materials.”

The fantastical and the surreal often rear their heads in his work as well. Hybrid creatures are center stage because the duality of two disparate beings in a forced marriage equates to an intriguing aesthetic unification. Bluedorn is pursuing the rhetorical quality of art. He is not looking for answers to questions, only hoping that each question will create more questions—for himself and his viewers. if these motivations are the elemental, the micro of Scott Bluedorn, the perpetual body of work is the macro.

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Scott Bluedorn will be on view at Art Market + Design in Bridgehampton, July 9-12 with other local emerging artists under the Neoteric Fine Art gallery banner.

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Nada Marjanovich is Publisher and Editor of Long Island Pulse Magazine. Prior to founding the title in 2005, she worked extensively in the internet. She's been writing since childhood and has been published for both fiction and poetry.