East Hampton native Scott Bluedorn is a familiar face with locals, and a crucial part of the next generation of the East End artistic community. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2009, Bluedorn tells mythical stories through his “maritime cosmology.”
His nautical themes capture and resonate with coastal dwellers and dreamers alike. On Sunday, June 24, from 6 to 9 PM, Bluedorn will have a piece up for auction at Project MOST’s “Art at the Ark” auction and cocktail party at Nova’s Ark Project. Project MOST benefits working families and their children by providing afterschool enrichment programs in the East Hampton area.
What is most important for readers to know about Project MOST?
I think extracurricular activities are vital to a good education, and time spent after school in a nurturing and supportive environment is very beneficial, especially for kids who might not get that at home. I think Project MOST does a fantastic job providing that environment and needs support from the community to make programs happen.
What inspired your piece up for auction, Communion?
I find horseshoe crabs fascinating, as they are essentially living fossils. This piece is inspired by their yearly mating ritual by full moon and I like to play with scale and unusual juxtapositions. Hence the small person (or giant horseshoe crab) which creates a mysterious scenario.
How has the East End influenced you as an artist?
The East End is endlessly inspiring — from the woods, rolling farmland, and the water all around, to the people and the history. There’s no other place like it. It’s very fruitful to be an artist here.
What are the benefits of living in East Hampton?
I grew up here and have many deep connections to the area. Surfing is definitely one aspect, as well as proximity to the best city in the world, while still maintaining close ties to nature.
What artistic projects or community groups are you involved in?
I’m a member of the East Hampton Arts Council, as well as the North Fork Art Collective [located in Greenport].
What was the first piece of art you ever sold?
I think it was a still life painting of a bunch of bananas, at the annual Guild Hall Clothesline Art Sale. It felt great and surprising, and made me hopeful that I could continue to do this as a career.
How do you approach life versus art?
I could write a whole book about this topic, but I try to live my life as a work of art. That includes consciously trying to fill my day with a creative endeavor, whether it’s a hike on a trail I’ve never done, meeting new people, or taking part in an activity. I always try to keep my life changing and exciting. Lots of travel too!
What are some of your upcoming shows?
I’ll be showing some new work at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum opening June 22, quite a few benefit auctions, and small group shows throughout the summer. My work can always be seen at the North Fork Art Collective space in downtown Greenport.
For more info and to view Bluedorn’s works, visit www.scottbluedorn.com online, or visit the North Fork Art Collective at 15 Front Street in Greenport. Studio visits are available by appointment.