Ross Bleckner and Zachari Logan
The Shadow of the Sun
October 5 - December 15, 2018
College Art Galleries
Co-curators,Wayne Baerwaldt and Leah Taylor
Friday, October 5, 7:00pm
Ross Bleckner, Zachari Logan & Alison Norlen + Joseph R. Wolin
Remai Modern, Sasktel Theatre
Tuesday, Oct 9 - Doors at 7:00pm, Conversation at 8:00pm
Exhibition essay by Wayne Baerwaldt
The Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner and Zachari Logan pairs New York-based painter Ross Bleckner with Regina-based Zachari Logan to remarkable effect. The artists share a sensibility in artmaking that make for a powerful concert of ideas, forms and materials.
On the surface it may appear that Bleckner and Logan have developed oeuvres that are stylistically disparate. The visual references of style are only part of the picture, however. On a deeper level the exhibition proposes aesthetic links that underpin each artist’s work. They are the means to create a context of understanding for shared notions of visibility/invisibility, sexuality, selfhood, contemporary landscapes, transcendence, the fragility of love and the omnipresence of sickness and death. On closer examination, both artists share an appetite for representing societal and personal melancholy, reverential beauty, and hint at the many obtuse corporeal sites of erotic pleasure.
About the Artists
Ross Bleckner received his Bachelor of Arts degree from NYU and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia California. He is well-known for his large-scale paintings and his works have been shown in esteemed public collections throughout the world, including MoMA, MoCA, Astrup Fearnley, Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1994 Bleckner had a mid-career solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In addition to his New York City studio practice, he is currently Clinical Professor of Studio Art at New York University. Additionally, he is President of Community Research Initiative on AIDS (CRIA), a non-profit community-based AIDS research and treatment education centre. For more than thirty years Bleckner’s painting and mixed media works have been largely an investigation of change, loss, and memory, often addressing the subject of AIDS.
Zachari Logan has a MFA from the University of Saskatchewan’s Art and Art History Department. Over the last seven years he has maintained a studio practice with a focus on drawing, painting, ceramics and installation. His work has been exhibited widely, in group and solo exhibitions in the Americas, Europe, and India. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. Logan has attended artist residencies in London, Paris, rural Tennessee, Calgary (Alberta College of Art + Design), Vernon and twice in Vienna (Museum Quartier’s quartier21: Artist in Residence Program, in conjunction with Vienna’s Museum of Modern Art). His work has been featured in many publications worldwide. He has participated in a series of drawing and ceramics residencies at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, has taught at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan and has worked closely with students, faculty, curators, and collectors during his intriguing investigation of a highly mediated natural world.