Artist Dave Markel of Southold runs an estate liquidation and tag sales business out of a building he calls “The Stulo,” a phrase he coined from the combination of studio and loft, on Hortons Lane in Southold.
Driving by recently, I noticed some found object 3-D collages near the front of his property. He said he just moved 22 pieces, which he refers to as assemblages, from the back of the property for two reasons — one practical and one artistic. First it keeps people from driving on his lawn and second, they are more visible out front.
“The whole idea behind the work is nothing lasts forever. They are not welded together, they are just assembled,” he said of his art. “The most extreme ones are held together by wire.”
Select pieces are available for purchase. Markel will also perform work on a commission basis.
When asked how he would describe himself he said, “I’m a kind of a Renaissance man — actor, director, artist and athlete. I play basketball three times a week with guys three times younger than me. If I want to be humble I would call myself a junkman.”
He is not a North Fork native, but considers himself a local having moved here in 1972 after summering on the North Fork with his family since 1959.
See more of Markel’s art below.
Your North Fork Sunday Scene features weekly snap shots of life on Long Island’s top fork
Previous North Fork Sunday Scenes: