Zak Ostrowski is an artist and designer working in a variety of materials, forms, and sizes. His work varies from paintings and sculpture to public art installations and industrial design. His conceptual ideas explore the natural and man-made world; simultaneously meshing built elements of architecture, mythology and science with the natural environment.
Zak has recently been selected to create public art pieces for the new Kyle Canyon Visitor Center in Mt. Charleston currently under development. Recent art projects include: Neon Gateway Project with Young Guns and COLAB Las Vegas, Winchester N3P3 artist program, resident artist at Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio (June 2012), and exhibition of the sculptural Pantera bench for DESIGNLUSH at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC (May 2012). He also has permanent paintings at the Las Vegas City Hall; located in the main lobby (bristles…) and 2nd floor dining space (theANCIENTS).
Zak has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico (English and Fine Art) and Masters of Architecture from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He owns the design and fabrication company Zodiabula; a multi-dimensional firm that works on a wide variety of private and public projects.
“Pyroclasm” is an exploration of materiality, form, and color through Shou Sugi Ban (or Yakisugi); the traditional Japanese process of charring wood. Shou Sugi Ban is typically used for architectural exterior siding as the charring preserves the wood and makes it resistant to rot, insects, and decay. The initial exploration started while Zak was experimenting with the burnt wood during his residency at the Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio last summer. The intricate patterns created by burning and then cooling the wood are as unique as the grain of the wood; no piece is ever the same. By using the patterns as a starting point, Zak begins to layer colors and shapes with a structured approach; yet the finished piece maintains a loose and playful character to it that makes one wonder what material is really being seen.