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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael Zachary is a full time artist and part time professor of painting and drawing. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Michael has recently mounted solo exhibitions at Rhode Island College (2018), Room 68 in Provincetown, MA (2017), Frontierspace in Missoula, MT (2016), and The Arts Research Collaborative in Lowell, MA (2014), and has had his work featured in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. In 2018 he was awarded a finalist’s grant in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Fellowship Program, and In 2017 he received an Individual grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust and a Blanche Coleman Award from Boston University. He currently teaches at Simmons College in Boston.
ABOUT THE WORK
Like any good meditative practice, my drawings are mostly about patience and paying attention. I limit my mark making to only four colors of straight lines, and I use them to construct a space with a strict internal logic of color and light. I don’t find these self imposed rules restrictive; on the contrary I find that they free me to focus even more on the subtle details I see around me. I am a big believer in Kierkegaard’s statement that “the more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.”
My color choices are based on on the process color model used in commercial printing, and my linear marks are inspired by the etching and engraving techniques that were one of the first methods of mechanical reproduction. I wonder what it would be like to see like a machine, and to work like a machine. Would such a radical depersonalization allow me to see more things or less clearly? Can machines have an aesthetic? Does human production have a future in a digitally dominated economy? These are some of the questions that interest me.
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