Zachari Logan who has shown here since 2016 will have his first solo show with the gallery opening Thursday, April 25th. A Blooming Absence incorporates works on paper ranging in scale from tiny, incredibly delicate blue pencil drawings on mylar, to a pastel on paper scroll that will span 33 Feet within the gallery. Last summer, Logan completed a series of collaborations with painter Ross Bleckner in his Hamptons studio. These were recently exhibited in Canada in the 2-person exhibition Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner & Zachari Logan. Several works that exemplify their shared interest in the mystery and sensuality of nature will be included in the show.
The intricacy of Logan’s blue pencil drawings for which the artist is best known, increases dramatically in these new iterations, evoking the borders of medieval manuscripts, vignetting voids where text traditionally rests. Logan has been pursuing these drawings for a decade, weaving together body parts and botanical specimens in surprising and delightful combinations. Here, the human skeleton enters the story evoking a series of memento mori. This theme is picked up in the large scale pastel on black paper in which a silhouette of a falling (or hovering) man, likely a self portrait, filled with luscious foliage and flowers like a tattooed skin, a reference to the 18th Century paper-cuts of English artist, Mary Delany.
Logan’s work has been exhibited widely in his native Canada, as well as in the United States, across Europe and Asia. Logan has attended residencies in Paris, London, Vienna and in New York, both in 2015, at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) and in 2016, in the Bronx at Wave Hill, where Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner & Zachari Logan will be exhibited in 2020. His work will be featured this summer in Venice in the exhibition Friends, at Spazio Thetis, a collateral project of the Venice Biennale.