Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Stay Bit: Gallery Exhibition

STAY BIT / Gallery Exhibition
New screen print work by Scott Wyss

• Friday, November 9, 2018 from 7-10pm 
• Broker's Building Gallery / 402 Market Street / San Diego, CA 92101 
• Framing Sponsored by: Tony's Picture Framing / 858 693.0433
• Sales: Contact Scott Wyss <swyss@sdsu.edu> for all artwork inquires/sales

The "Stay Bit" series of illustrations, prints and wood sculptures is an homage to all my saltwater rituals. The design series revolves around the culture behind a waterman. Watermen have skills in multiple aquatic sport disciplines such as surfing, fishing, kayaking, boating, bodysurfing, clamming, crabbing, and lobster fishing. These limited edition serigraphs honor the skills you achieve when you dedicate a lifetime passion to the ocean, bay and inner estuaries.
> Wood Block Printing / End Grain / Sand Blasted Douglas Fir Timber
> Screens / Aluminum 12” X 17“ / 160 Mesh / Exposed Darter Plug and Stay Bit screens
> Reusable Rubber Gloves / Large/ Three months of ink mixing and cleaning
> Squeegee / 4” / 70 Durometer
> Printmaking Rubber Brayer / 6 / Super Soft

{Wooden Fishing Lure}
> Hand-crafted Wooden Lure / Darter Plug / Maple Turning Blank, White Bucktail
> Screen Print on Wood / 9” X 10.5” / Poplar Wood, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink
> Wood Shavings, Bucktail, Thread

{Stay Bit Prints}
> Striped Bass Prints / B & W / 5” X 5” / Paper, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink
> Wood Block Prints / B & W / 7” x 9” / BFK Rives Paper, Acrylic Block Printing Ink
> “Stay Bit” Serigraphs / Color / 7” x 9” / BFK Rives Paper, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink

{Nautical Graphic Translation Series}
> Gearing Up / 5” X 7” / Paper, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink
> Greenough 17 Surf Boat / 14” x 14” / BFK Rives Paper, Acrylic Block Printing Ink
Anderson Custom Boats in Goleta, California worked with George Greenough years ago to develop this hull. The Greenough 17 is designed specifically for surfboard/camping gear/fishing rod/diving gear storage.

{Special Thanks}
A special thanks goes out to Kristin Adams from Tony's Picture framing for helping me mount and frame all the pieces and Yomar for inviting and hosting the gallery opening at his Studio space!
Yomar Augusto

Split / Show: Broker's Building Gallery

Yomar Augusto & Scott Wyss new typographic and screen print work

• Friday, November 9, 2018 from 7-10pm 
• Broker's Building Gallery / 402 Market Street / San Diego, CA 92101 
• Framing Sponsored by: Tony's Picture Framing / 858 693.0433
• Sales: Contact Scott Wyss <swyss@sdsu.edu> for all artwork inquires/sales

A collaboration of abstract calligraphy and experimental screen printing. This series of five limited editions prints plays with layering and a playful intuition between shape, texture and letterform. Each print is unique but the use of color and form create a cohesive system. Each serigraph is signed and numbered by the artist. These can be purchased in a deep floater frame or unframed, dry-mounted on foamcore. 

{Type and Printmaking Collaboration}
 > Experiments in the Lab: 01 / Framed: $450   Unframed: $300
   Map, Type, Halftone Prints / 19” x 24” / Paper, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink

> Experiments in the Lab: 02 / Framed: $450   Unframed: $300
   Journal Pages, Halftone Prints / 19” x 24” / Paper, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink

> Experiments in the Lab: 03 Framed: $450   Unframed: $350
   Laser Cut Letterform, Halftone Prints / 19” x 24” / Paper, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink

> Experiments in the Lab: 04 Framed: $450   Unframed: $300
   Letterpress Study, Halftone Prints / 19” x 24” / Paper, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink

> Experiments in the Lab: 05 Framed: $450   Unframed: $300
   Letterpress Study, Halftone Prints / 19” x 24” / Paper, Acrylic Screen Printing Ink

*Contact Scott Wyss <swyss@sdsu.edu> for all artwork  inquires/sales. Thanks!

Monday, June 26, 2017

u • ni • fied • whole

ge • stalt / ge´SHtält / noun | psychology | German (origin 1920)

• an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts
• the idea that natural systems and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts

ASPHALT TURNS INTO GRAVEL AS I SWING INTO THE LOT NEXT TO THE RIVER. My Jeep, Betsy, relishes in a brief off road moment kicking dirt and rocks under her chassis. I roll down my window and take a deep breath of salt air as the waters edge comes into focus. I park and hike down the nearest path to check out the water conditions and see what is going to work best for today. Its almost a 6.5 high tide and there is no floating kelp or exposed eel grass. The wind and tide are perfect today for fly fishing. I tied this all black Clouser Minnow Fly to target Spotted Bass and today looks ideal for it. 

Fly fishing takes time and patience because some days you may put in a thousand casts for just one fish. It is a humbling experience if your used to bass fishing with artificial lures and a baitcaster. But as your casting away and hiking up and down the rocky banks of the river you get to observe subtle glimpses of nature unfold in front of you. White egrets in the flats stalking their prey while delicate Turns dip and dive along the surface of the river. Crabs creep in and out of the cracks along the rocky bottom while big corvina cruise by your feet like ghosts. Each path you explore through tall golden marsh grass reveals hidden clues to natures ebb and flow of life. I come across the remnants of bird who met its demise earlier from some stealthy predator lurking in the rocks. Its pristine body with white feathers folded perfectly against the jet black rocks engages your mind to try and piece together this "crime" scene. Fishing is more then just catching fish, it is an opportunity to engage with nature and the creatures we respect. If you collect everything you experienced that day as a whole its more then just the one fish you were lucky enough to catch. ~Photos and Words Scott Wyss  © 2017                                 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tracking Fish Behavior

Noticing patterns of fish behavior is important to consistently catching fish. Document your Efforts!

I have been collecting data for the last eight years. I keep track of everything from lure used, weather, water temperature, retrieve speed, water quality, wind, moon phase and tide. Fishing is a lot of luck, but there is a definite science to it. I can refer to my Field Notes when I'm trying to catch fish at a later date and improve my chances. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The World Looks Better in Soft Focus

        I am near sighted, my up close reading vision is perfect but anything at distance is fuzzy and out of focus. On occasion I where prescription glasses when it is imperative that I can see; i.e. driving or watching a foreign film with subtitles. Often when I walk into town friends will wave at me from a distance to say hello but they are all but a blur to me so I put my head down and continue walking. I don't know if it is some random person or someone I might know. I usually get a text message later stating that they saw me today and they waved but I must not of seen them. Oh I saw you, well kind of, if a blurred face waving from across the street counts. 

       I have tried to where my glasses all day but everything is too crisp and clear, too perfect and vibrant for me to process at one time. I think the world looks better in soft focus sometimes. I can focus on what is in front of me and let everything else dissolve into background noise.

       In the world of fishing you can either "Sight Fish" or "Blind Cast". When sight fishing you rely on water clarity, birds working, or bait fish boiling on the surface. To me this is easy to fish because you know exactly where the fish are you just need a good cast and natural presentation. I prefer blind casting, it takes far more skill then sight fishing. If you can not see the fish you have to imagine their world and think like a fish. You have to understand subtleties like water currents and what direction they might be facing. Study their environment and look for structure and ambush spots. Then after absorbing your surroundings you can cast the lure where you think there might be fish. Its about searching, an unseen clarity where you blindly unlock their world. When you finally figure it out and get into fish it is far more rewarding. That is where the true craft or art of fishing resides. ~ Photos & Words: Scott Wyss 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ode to Ink Saturated Paper

Now in Production | The Making of Tide Runner Series
In the time of prevalent digital media and easily accessed full color printing, the screen print medium addresses a hand crafted approach to finished graphic work. The average millennial brain in the 20th Century is programmed to a life of instant gratification and quick results. Looking at the end results most people don't realize how much time goes into every detail of a hand crafted piece.

Each sheet of paper is measured, scored, trimmed, printed, sewn and bound by hand. There is something about methodically making each piece the sucks you in to this vacuum where time is lost. You blink your eye and three hours have gone by but at the end of the day you have something tangible that you can hold. Below is a small glimpse into the world behind the scenes of the Tide Runner Series.

I am drawn to the inherent tactile quality of raised ink, the thin layers of translucent colors, and the smell of ink drying. If you are of the same mindset visit Bows & Arrows MRKT and pick up a limited edition item. All Posters, Pocket Notebooks, and Tees were designed, printed and bound by Scott Wyss. There is no we in Bows & Arrows, nothing has left my hands. Photography: Casey Allred, Gary Benzel, and Scott Wyss 

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Weakfish a.k.a TIDE RUNNER

>> Background Information  |  W e a k f i s h  (Cynoscion regalis) 

*IGFA all-tackle world record | 2008 | Dave Alu | 19 pounds, 12 ounces

-Range: On the Atlantic Coast of North America from Nova Scotia to North Carolina

-Target Zone: Sedge Backwaters 

-Season: Spring (May-June)   Best Time: Predawn and dusk hours from around 5:00 a.m. until just after sunrise, and 6:30 p.m. until sunset. Full and New Moons are when largest weakfish move into the backwaters

>> Allure of Weakfish : : Most weakfish caught are in the 1 to 3 pound range but once a weakfish breaks the 10-pound mark the fish then earns TIDE RUNNER status—a class all their own. Weakfish run with the tides, moving in and out and all around the backwaters, hunting underneath sod banks and deep in the channels to chase baitfish and any crustaceans that flow with the tides. 

>> My Personal Account : : I got my first Tide Runner this summer on June 18th at Sunset as the last light drained out of the sky. I was casting to the side of a deep hole and running my custom all Black Daiwa SP Minnow along the edge when my lure got slammed. The first run she ripped line side ways down the beach and then right in the wash took a second short run. The name "Weakfish" is derived from their weak mouth not associated with how they fight. I thought I had a big Striped Bass on so when I finally dragged the fish in I pulled hard and the hook ripped right out. Too much Cow Bell. Now the fish is right at my feet in the wash flopping around. My dad had to run in and grab the fish before it swam back out. She measured in at Twenty Nine & Half inches, and I am guesstimating around 9-10 Pounds.

>> Poster Tribute : : In honor of this beautiful fish and so I would always remember this day I designed and silk screen printed a Poster Series based off a custom typeface I sketched and further developed. This four color serigraph is 22" wide by 10 1/2" high.

{Limited Run of Posters, only 30 signed copies | t-shirts coming soon}
Photo Credits: Weakfish Bob Wyss, On Press Image Arzu Ozkal, Studio Print Image Gary Benzel