Thursday, October 15, 2015

More of the "Relic" Series

I stopped by Zach's studio after school today. He's been working on his "Relic" series for a while now, and I've still only seen pictures of the works. So I thought it was time to go see the pieces in person.

Zach showed me four new assemblages:

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Relic 22 (Fire)

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Relic 19 (Buffman Brown)

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Relic 20 (Found on eBay)

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Relic 21 (Off Main)

I wish the camera could capture more than just the shapes and colors of each of these pieces. They may appear simple, but the rich textures, the honesty of the materials, as well as the size of these pieces, all contribute to the intricacies of the compositions. This latest "Relic" series presents a more developed concept of the dialectic of wo/man in nature. It relates also to larger ideas of materialism, consumerism, mass culture, and our understanding of stewardship. It brings up questions of our constructed environment and growing synthetic culture. These paintings beg to be seen in person. Just be warned that if and when you do see them, you'll leave with this urgent want for more dialogue. Your brains might hurt.

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