Born in 1980 in Saskatoon, Zachari Logan is an artist working mainly in drawing, ceramics, and installation practices. His work has been exhibited widely, in group and solo exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. He has attended many residences including the Galerie Jean Roch Dard in Paris, the Angus-Hughes Gallery in London, and most recently, in the Bronx at Wave Hill Botanical Gardens (read more about this below). We are excited to feature his work in ineffable.
Logan's drawings, ceramic works, and installation practices explore the intersections of masculinity, queer identities, and memory. Throughout his works, he binds the male body with nature: faces meld with rich undergrowth, providing habitats for birds and butterflies; a ceramic penis becomes the root system of an emerging flower. Many of Logan's older works are self-portraits, as he creatively explored his body as a singular site of exploration. In more recent work, as in "Leshy 2" above (2014), his body remains a catalyst, but no longer remains the solitary focus; nature has overtaken the figure as it merges into the sylvan backdrop. This hybridization blurs the boundaries between the "unified" self and the chaotic, multiplicity of nature, representing zones of liminality. In these ambiguous and liberating spaces, Logan poetically unsettles binaries of gender and sexuality, history and myth, past and present.
Below are a collection of Logan's pieces over the past few years:
Logan is currently serving a residency at Wave Hill, a botanical garden in the Bronx. Below are images of new pieces he has been working on, including drawings and a recent installation shot. He submitted the following statement to ineffable outlining his current objectives:
"During my current residency [. . .], I am focussing on drawing the plants on site to create new works that engage figuration, landscape, and ideas of embodiment. Rather than in past drawings where I often use an amalgam from various sites at different times, these drawings are solely from my time here in the Bronx. Over the past 6 weeks as one of the garden's 'Winter Workspace' recipients, my focus has centred on the collections found in Wave Hill's hot houses and their outdoor trees. The work I have developed here has shifted ideas related to space, composition, and narrative in interesting ways. Aside from the incredible textures and saturated colours of both the tropicals and cacti, the trees on the grounds are astounding, as is the large portions of rock formation that make up much of Washington Heights and the Bronx surrounding Wave Hill. Having so much time on site on a daily basis, situated along the Hudson River has provided me with a very different face of New York City, a meditative quiet I don't often experience here."