Zachary Skinner

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Artist Statement

Can artwork cultivate effective social engagement and empower viewers? This is an essential question to ask of Art for the 21st century. The forms that I create are grounded in concrete realities about the earth, humanity, animals, plants, waste and interconnectedness. The path to a sustainable future lies within our shared inner strength and creativity when confronting those realities.

My recent ‘Geo-Robots’ series of sculptures, drawings videos and photographs, look somewhat like medieval machines, and blur the line between artist and geo-engineer. They are sculptures that do something, for example reflecting sunlight, capturing solar energy, embodying the energy of the wind, and collecting water. In their precariousness, they reflect on the fragile relationship between humanity and nature.

I confront serious ecological issues with a sense of humor and play, like a backyard tinkerer. Some structures evoke a sense of leisure, nomadic lifestyle, and Survivalism. I often look to the act of camping as indirect inspiration. It is one of the last cultural rituals asking us to only bring what we need, cultivate our self-reliance, and promote a temporary stewardship of a shared wilderness.

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EDUCATION
2008
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. MFA degree
2005
SUNY New Paltz College, New Paltz, NY. BFA degree.

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO/ TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2015
The Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center; Be the Change: Solo Exhibit featuring participatory art Installations and recent 2D,3D, and Temporal works. Syracuse, NY.
2013
Deep Tanks Studio; Form of Emptiness: Two person show with Jayoung Yoon. Staten Island, NY.
2008
Betty Rymer Gallery: The Rise to Power; solo performance with sound compositions and performing participants. Chicago, IL.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Theo Ganz Studio, Archipelago curated by Eleni Smolen, Beacon NY
Morean Arts Center, Exquisite Porch, curated by Dominic Lombardi, St Petersburg, FL.
2015
The Beacon Theatre, Film Screening with Jazz Guitarist Chris Crocco, in conjunction with the 80 in 80 fundraiser campaign to restore the historic Beacon Theatre. Produced by Orange Mannequin, Beacon, NY.
2014
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts KUBE, Principals/Priciples curated by Joseph Ayers, Beacon, NY.
2012
PhilaMOCA; It’s the End of the World (Again): Symposium and “Apocalyptic Art” Curated by Genevieve Gillespie and The Center for Media and Destiny. Philadelphia, PA.
The Great Room, NYU; ArcheTime Project presents The Faces of Time: Curated by Olga Ast and Camilla Torna. New York, NY.
Tibet House US Gallery: Sacred Vision, Separate Views: Contemporary Perspectives in Buddhist Art: Curated, composing and performing sound art in a collaborative project with performance artist Jayoung Yoon. New York, NY.
Locating the Sacred: Mobile Tea Garden, Curated, composing and performing sound art for the Shakuhachi in a collaborative project with performance artist Jayoung Yoon. New York, NY.
Sylvia Wald + Po Kim Gallery: Operating System, Curated, composed sound art for a collaborative project with performance artist Jayoung Yoon titled “Umbicality”. New York, NY.
2011
Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts: 8th International Juried Exhibition; Curated, Long Branch, NJ: 2011.
ART629 Gallery: International Juried Exhibition; Curated. Ashbury Park, NJ.
2010
Arts@Renaissance: NorthBrooklyn; Curated. Brooklyn, NY
2008
Gallery 2 (G2): MFA Thesis. Chicago, IL
Gallery 2 (G2): You’re in My Space; Curated. Chicago, IL

PRIZES AND AWARDS

2015
Dave Bown Projects, 11th Semiannual Competition, Curators: Katherine Pill, Ron Platt, Kelly Shindler. Award of Excellence. International.
2013
Dave Bown Projects, 7th Semiannual Competition. Curators: Jeremy Adams, CUE Art Foundation, New York; Janet Dees, SITE Santa Fe; David S. Rubin, San Antonio Museum of Art. Honorable Mention. International.
SAIC Student Leadership Award: Chosen by faculty and peers. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2006-08
SAIC Grant: merit based grant. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2016
Saltonstall Artist Residency, Ithaca NY.
2015
I-Park Residency, East Haddam CT.
2014
Jentel Artist Residency, Banner WY.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016
The EcoTheo Review, 2016 Winter/Spring issue: Cover Image, and 8 page feature/interview by Taylor Thomas. Princeton, NJ.
2015
Ron Platt (Chief Curator, Grand Rapids Art Museum), review of ‘Sun Reflector’ in ‘What our past jurors are saying’, Dave Bown Projects, 11th Semiannual Competition. International.
Today@OCC, Artist Interview ‘Coming Home’ by Russ Corbin, Syracuse, NY.
2012
NictoGlobe Magazine, Vol. 20, issue #4, Fall 2012: Review of “Destroy”, by Arelis Eleftherios. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Catalog: It’s the End of the World (Again). PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA.
2007
Catalog: You’re in My Space. G2 Gallery, Chicago, IL
Catalog: Chicago Art Open 2007. Iron Studios, Chicago, IL