Know what pro skiers do in Alaska when they’re not skiing? They make art.
On a filming trip to the Tordrillos in 2004, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa says that he, Jeremy Jones, and Seth Morrison started to get creative. “On down days we were all drawing and painting,” he says. “We were joking about how it was an awesome art retreat. One night I was manipulating photos, and I got this rush of creative energy. It was a pretty quick thing, but all of the sudden I had this piece that felt fairly finished.”
He hasn’t stopped since. And last Friday, on August 2, his digital art went on display at evo in Seattle. He’d seen the gear shop’s gallery when it was under construction last fall, liked the space, and asked them if he could put up some paintings. It’s his first solo art show and it’ll be up through the end of the month.
Sage was a fine art major in college, a painter, but when he started focusing on skiing, and traveling all winter he let it fall to the wayside. “I always required a studio for that, so when I started to go on the road to be a skier it took a back burner,” he says. During his Alaskan downtime he started playing with Photoshop, a Whacom tablet, and Corel painter. He found that he could refocus his creative energy on digital paintings. He began by playing with photos he’d taken during his travels and then started tweaking them, making them more abstract.
“The photo manipulation stuff was so quick and easy that I wanted more time to elaborate,” he says. “I slowly started to do more painting then I got turned on to Corel painter, which really mimics all the mediums. The thing about digital is that everything in art is at your fingertips.”
That makes it easy to make art on the road, which is where he tends to get creative. He says he’s often inspired by what he sees when he’s traveling—mountains are one of his obvious go-tos, he jokes—and that he does some of his best work during airport layovers, or on down days.
At evo, his show opened to a full house on Friday night. He had 10 pieces on display, three that he made this summer, and then several more spanning back five years, including the painting that inspired, and one he did after Jamie Pierre’s death called the Maze of Life, which he said helped him work through his friend’s death. He also had the pieces that inspired his signature Smith goggles.
The show, which will be up all month and open to the public, also featured some of his other art: video-mapped 3-D projections, like the ones he used in his edit for TGR’s Co-Lab contest.
That’s also his summer side gig. He and his girlfriend do lighting and event production at parties in Portland, Oregon, including the What the Festival a few weeks ago.
But summer is winding down for him. After the evo show, he went south to New Zealand with Atomic, and he’s looking forward to his layover. He’s working on a piece about his grandmother, and knows he’ll have some time to kill in an Australian airport. “You can vaporize 12 hours pretty easily doing art stuff,” he says.
Details on the evo show here.