Amsterdam-born photographer and filmmaker, Ari Marcopoulos, is currently exhibiting his latest photographic collection, “Dark Sun” at Nike’s Bowery Stadium in NYC. “Dark Sun,” which opened this week, documents NYC’s incognito surfing community and examines and portrays the lesser seen community of surfers who live in America’s largest urban metropolis.
Marcopoulos, who got his start as an assistant to Andy Warhol when he moved to New York in the 80s, is well-known for his photographic depictions of the diverse and often gritty subcultures of American youth. Artists, snowboarders, musicians and skateboarders have been both muses and commercial subject-matter throughout his quarter century career as a photographer. “Dark Sun,” which was shot on 35mm over just two weeks, takes a raw look at a handful of New York’s surf breaks and the people who ride them.
Marcopoulos’ grainy black-and-white photography set against the sculptural wave installation of the Bowery Stadium, and thoroughly thrashed by members of the local skate and surf community, compliments and is the perfect venue for his latest solo exhibition. Marcopoulos beautifully portrays the calm sense of spirit in his portraiture, highlighting each subject’s strong sense of confidence and enigmatic style of East Coast surfing.
“Dark Sun” will be on display through September 26th.