James Katsipis is pleased to host TAUK, a solo exhibition of photography works in Montauk in collaboration with The Lucore Art. TAUK opens Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 5PM – 8PM for a special exhibition and will run through Saturday, August 9, 2022.
James is a Montauk native. TAUK features works spanning his entire life as a photographer, including his most symbolically important photos, those which speak to him and evoke a feeling of home. Through his work, James aims to show the world the magic of Montauk, exploring its majestic shorelines, swimming off the coast camera in hand, surfing giant swells in the snowy winter, and creating abstract works using his unique vision and perspective of the ocean and light. TAUK comprises 20 photographs taken over the last 18 years, in a range of sizes from large format 70 x 50 resin pour finish to Epson Premium Luster Paper with custom white frames and Face Mounted Acrylics. The collection of works specifically features ocean-based photography, images of surfing, waves and portraiture of the Montauk beach community.
Welcome Home, one of the featured photos in the show, is a sigh of relief for James. Every time he’s been traveling, there’s no better feeling than coming over the crest of 27 East, seeing the ocean and the familiar ‘Welcome to Montauk’ Sign.
Hair Spray is a tribute to the hard work of New York’s surfers. All the elements must line up just right for surfers to get good waves. Surfers need to follow swell patterns, wind patterns, and tides, and if one element is off, the whole thing is blown. Most of the time, dedicated surfers need to wait patiently for a small window when the waves are good, and seize the moment as soon as it arrives. In this case, James had just gotten home and grabbed his gear with about 15 minutes of daylight left, and headed to the beach just in time to see Zach Dayton catch the best wave of the day.
Moonlit Slides was taken after a night of surfing under the full moon. To escape the crowds, James and some friends paddled out in darkness, with nothing but the moon to light the waves.
“The exhibition is a culmination of work from when I first pointed my camera at the surf at Atlantic Terrace to my more recent adventures of swimming into large winter waves on the outer bar. Tauk is my life’s work of 20 years. All the images I chose particularly speak to me about different experiences I’ve had growing up and living in Montauk. I wanted to show Montauk in a light that your average visitor wouldn’t have the chance to see on a weekend getaway. The true Montauk.”
– James Katsipis
“The Lucore Art, located in the heart of Montauk, is thrilled to host the work of renowned photographer James Katsipis. Born and raised in Montauk, James has a gift for capturing the ethereal Montauk light.”
– Christopher Lucore, owner of The Lucore Art
For more info, www.jameskatsipis.com