September 25, 2020 - January 15, 2021
Visual Arts Center | Jerstad Gallery
Boston area sculptor, Zach Gabbard's practice is varied and has come to include performance, video, collaboration and electronics along with object making. He "offers prayers" for heathens in the form of LED and neon signs that are at once comforting and sad. He takes to the streets in the guise of a suited character, the Gentleman, and explores his local geography looking for signs of connectedness and home.
The work in this exhibition aims to merge the conceptually heavy medium of illuminated poetry disguised as advertising with the wordless openness of formal sculptural abstraction to make work that resists an entirely intellectual or visceral form of interpretation. I want to make work that lovingly defies rapid apprehension on any level and yet is somehow also welcoming.
Eve Biddle, Wassaic Project Co-Executive Director:
“Like some sort of strange ad-scape in a contemporary Blade Runner, Zach’s pieces are both funny and sad. These pieces are sweet, comforting night-light and a sour, ironic prayer.”
Zach is a Boston Based sculptor. He received his BFA from Massachusetts College of art and Design and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited in New York, Boston, Providence, Minneapolis, Newark, and project spaces The Wassiac Project, Coffey Contemporary Arts, 57 Della in Boston. Zach is a master mold maker and extraordinary Bronze casting specialists. Zach has been a professor of sculpture all over the eastern sea board and is the owner and founder of Mission Foundry.