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Zachary Skinner
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work is heavily influenced by Green politics, the non-violence resistance and grass-roots movements from the 1950’s to the Present, and Eastern philosophy. One Zen mind-body experiment is useful for understanding my work. Two participants sit staring into one another’s eyes, and as one changes their facial expressions, the other follows suit. And so each is a reflection of the other, and each gains a deep realization of the self by looking at the other. Like that simple “game”, I see my artwork as a reflection of society, humanity, and identity, but meant to invoke questions about oneself within this culture. My focus has been on destruction within the context of contemporary American, capitalist, and political culture. Some forthcoming projects take interest in the politics of oil, and the waste of materialism, and recent projects confront the production and consumption of meat, the Occupy movement, and also reflect on the media, war and poverty. When I approach such topics, my studio acts as a laboratory for a deeper understanding of our destructive nature. I collect information by researching, taking photographs, recording sounds, and doing video-performance experiments. Finally, I get into a reflective state, an emptiness of mind, which allows me to lose myself into the process and multi-sensory experience. That is exactly what I want to leave intact in the final works; multi-sensory exploration, reflection, finding one’s own associations and meanings, and soul searching. The empathetic capabilities of an image with sound, and Affect, can be powerful tools for political change. I want to honor their potential for personal transformation.
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  • Windmill
    2014
    Mixed media sculpture
    This windmill doesn't propose to be the answer to all our world ecology/global warming problems. In the context of my work, I am making drawings of Eco-Machines to relate to issues of eco-sustain

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  • Protesters (installation view)
    2012
    Mixed media on reclaimed fabric.

  • Protesters (detail)
    2012
    Mixed media.   14"x24"

  • protesters (detail)
    2012
    mixed media on reclaimed fabric.   all pieces approx. 11"x11"

  • protesters (detail)
    2012
    mixed media on reclaimed fabric.   all pieces approx. 11"x11"

  • protesters (detail)
    2012
    handmade chalkboard   all pieces approx. 11"x11"

  • protesters (detail)
    2012
    mixed media on reclaimed fabric.   all pieces approx. 11"x11"

  • protesters (detail)
    2012
    mixed media on reclaimed fabric.   all pieces approx. 11"x11"

  • protesters (detail)
    2012
    mixed media on reclaimed fabric.   all pieces approx. 11"x11"

  • Destroy (video still A.)
    2011

  • Destroy (video still E.)
    2011

  • Cluster F^@&
    2011
    transfer and acrylic, reclaimed fabric, and sound system   4'w, 5'h

  • Bushwick Memory
    2011
    mixed media on reclaimed fabric, and sound system.   5'w, 6'h
 








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