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Surf. Surge. Salt. Instinct. Rust. Reclamation. These are some of the elements and processes I try to celebrate in my work. The foundation under all of it is an appreciation for the natural world and the industries that share in its raw power. Every day I turn to surfing as a kind of ritual, a w...
Trevor Mezak is a mixed media artist based in Southern California, working in a studio he built himself. Largely self-taught, he draws inspiration from his early experiences with his father, when he learned to use tools and to work with his own hands. Since then, Mezak has channelled his daredevil personality into a body of work that aims to create a tactile conversation between what is manufactured and what is naturally found in the environment.
The materials with which Mezak works—reclaimed wood, concrete slabs, metal, nails, screws, gunpowder—are more familiar to construction sites but are ultimately transformed into abstract, painterly gestures of pure texture. A devoted surfer who regularly tests prototype boards and is sponsored by Hurley, Mezak’s connection with the unpredictability and power of the ocean translates into his artistic practice. The exchange of energy, whether it be using power tools or a palette knife, is what unites Mezak’s personal experience with his surroundings.
Mezak has been recognized for his collaborations with Collector’s Editions and Disney Fine Art, and he has exhibited nationally over the years. He is currently expanding his abstract, textural work.