Artist Statement

Zask became interested in art in the early 70’s when driving a taxi in NYC, a time when SOHO was being transformed into an art district. He would often park his cab and explore the galleries becoming so infatuated with art that he chose to become a picture framer. For almost 20 years he ran a successful picture framing/art gallery business, making art with cast-off framing materials. He continues to transform unwanted objects into sculpture, using objects he finds in his journeys. Although he left his hometown of Brooklyn a taxi driver, he returns as an artist.

Along with working as a framer, Ben Zask worked as an educator at LAUSD along with his work as an artist. He has shown in galleries across California mainly in the Los Angeles area. He participates often in exhibitions dealing with ecological themes such as “Deep Roots” sponsored by El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and Million Trees L.A. in the historic Pico House Gallery, USGBC-LA Green Gala Art Exhibit, Avalon, Hollywood, and The Revival Exhibit at The Loft, San Pedro, CA.

Exhibitions

*Solo show

2015

*These into That | Gallery H of Phanton Galleries | Los Angeles, CA

*Ben Zask, Solo Show | Doma Kitchen | Manhattan Beach, CA

Revival: New Approaches to Found Objects | South Bay Contemporary at The Loft | San Pedro, CA