I make drawings using cyan, magenta, yellow, and black pens. These drawings replicate the appearance and the logic of commercial digital (CMYK) printing, placing my own body in the role of the mechanical printer and requiring me to create images in painfully slow and deliberate ways.
These self imposed limitations impose a type of modular construction on the drawings that obliviates the visual distinctions between individual objects. I am interested in dematerializing traditionally perceived boundaries between things and forcing viewers to navigate a world where the boundaries of “inside” and “outside”, “home” and “other”, and "this" and "that" become uncertain. I am particularly interested the liminal spaces between the built and the organic, and even more interested in the emotional and political forces at work in those spaces and the ways in which they shape us.
Artist Bio / CV
Michael Zachary was born in 1980 in Connecticut, raised in New Hampshire, and has lived or worked in every New England state except Rhode Island (as well as Austin, Texas and Rome, Italy). He earned a B.A. in Visual Arts from Bowdoin College, graduating cum laude in 2002. He also holds an M.F.A. in Fine Art 2D from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts. Since undergraduate school, Michael has participated in numerous solo and group shows, nationaly and international. In the past year Michael’s activities have included group shows in New York, Los Angeles, and Ireland; a solo show in Charlottesville, VA; a residency in Ballyvaughn, Ireland; and visiting artist lectures in Virginia, Boston, and Ireland. He currently teaches drawing and painting at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Michael lives and makes work in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood in a house full of light and plants.
Michael’s formal resume is available at www.michaeljzachary.com.