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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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School of the Art Institute of Chicago: MFA major in painting, minor in sound and installation art, Chicago, IL: 2008

(Cum Laude) SUNY New Paltz College: BFA in painting, New Paltz, NY: 2005
(Cum Laude) Onondaga Community College: AS major in fine arts, Syracuse, NY: 2003

Solo Exhibitions:
Betty Rymer Gallery: The Rise to Power; solo performance with sound compositions and performing participants. Chicago, IL: 2008

Tribal Rugs Solo Exhibit; Exploring information encryption in rugs. Pastabilities, Syracuse, NY: 2006

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Locating the Sacred: Mobile Tea Garden, Curated, composing and performing sound art for the Shakuhachi in a collaborative project with performance artist Jayoung Yoon. New York, NY: (Forthcoming) September 2012
Sylvia Wald + Po Kim Gallery: Operating System, Curated, composed sound art for a collaborative project with performance artist Jayoung Yoon titled “Umbicality”. New York, NY: 2012
Peace in the Park: Festival in Central Park sponsored by Brahma Kumaris, created and performed experimental and traditional sound compositions for the Shakuhachi. New York, NY: 2012
Bushwick Open Studios. Brooklyn, NY: 2012
Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts: 8th International Juried Exhibition; Curated, Long Branch, NJ: 2011
ART629 Gallery: International Juried Exhibition; Curated. Ashbury Park, NJ: 2011
Arts@Renaissance: NorthBrooklyn; Curated. Brooklyn, NY: 2010
Bushwick Open Studios. Brooklyn, NY: 2010
Gallery 2 (G2): MFA Thesis. Chicago, IL: 2008
Gallery 2 (G2): You’re in My Space; Curated. Chicago, IL: 2008

Morpho Gallery: Cut and Run; Curated. Chicago, IL: 2008
Iron Studios: Chicago Art Open 2007. Chicago, IL: 2007

Sackets Harbor Historical Society: AANNY Juried Group Exhibition. Sackets Harbor, NY: 2006

Smiley Arts Gallery: The Art of Love- Two Lovers show. New Paltz, NY: 2005

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art: BFA Thesis Exhibition. New Paltz, NY: 2005
The Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center: OCC Alumni; Curated. Syracuse, NY: 2004

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art: Art Auction. New Paltz, NY: 2004

Mark Hopkins Performing Arts Center: Group Exhibition. Henderson Harbor, NY: 2004
Onondaga Community College: Interdisciplinary Art Show; Curated. Syracuse, NY: 2003

Canal Museum: Group Exhibition; Juried. Syracuse, NY: 2003

Mark Hopkins Performing Arts Center: Group Exhibition. Henderson Harbor, NY: 2003

Awards and Honors:
SAIC Grant: merit based grant. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: 2006-08 

Invited as visiting artist. Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY: 2005
Best of Show: Interdisciplinary Art Show. Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY: 2003


Catalog: “BOS 2012”, in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios. Brooklyn, NY: 2012
Catalog: “You’re in My Space”. G2 Gallery, Chicago, IL: 2007 

Catalog: “Chicago Art Open 2007”. Iron Studios, Chicago, IL: 2007

Professional Organizations:

Chicago Artists Coalition. Chicago, IL:
Art Association of Northern New York. Sackets Harbor, NY: 2006-08
Lectures and Workshops:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Artist Lecture. Chicago, IL:
G2 Gallery: Artist Lecture “You’re in My Space”. Chicago, IL:

Selected Collections:
Medrar for Contemporary Art: Video Archive. Cairo, Egypt

Onondaga Community College: Permanent Collection. Syracuse, NY

Professional Experience:
David Goldberg Design: Production Manager, trainer of handprinting, painting, and staining techniques. New York, NY: 2008-present
Co-President. Forte + Zachary, New York, NY. Videographer, Art Director of Fashion
Photography, Web Design, Set Design, Public Relations/Customer Service, 2nd
Photographer, 2008-2011
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Roving Substitute Teacher. Chicago IL: 2008
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Teaching Assistant, “Painting Materials and Techniques”. Chicago IL: 2007

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