Zachary D. Milder Vincent Dion Margaret Roleke Adam Taye Shinji Murakami
On view: June 4 - July 4, 2021
56 Bogart Suite, Suite 109, Brooklyn, NY 11206
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Zachary D. Milder
"The colors and lines in the “Some Courts” series divide the work, simultaneously demarcating teams and crafting an appearance of balance and impartiality. Beneath or beside these veneers of equality, systems of rules dictate the proposed action. A number of rules are provided but some key rules are left unwritten, thereby encouraging the viewer to fill in the gaps. The inherent desire for fairness in sport drives the implicit expectation that the systems of action within these proposed spaces should be fairly designed and enforced for all competitors. This impartial rule-making process inspires a more critical examination of the systems that dictate the action within our lives. The implied sports in the “Some Courts” series are at varying levels of completion and are presented in the format of drafts, napkin sketches, and jotted thoughts. The work-in-progress aesthetic alludes to the reality that social systems are perpetually in flux and require ongoing reflection to improve. The work in this series inspires a more conscious and impartial engagement with the systems of action we enforce in our own lives." - Zach Milder
Artist’s Statement for Soft Gym
My new sculpture is made out of scavenged firehose, clothing and mixed media. The overall theme of the work poses the question, “What constitutes strength?” Abuse of power seems rampant. Who can or do we trust? Can we trust authority? What remedies do we have to protect and nurture our own existence? How do we stay strong, emotionally and physically? In the ancient book, The Art of War, Sun-tzu: writes “neutralize an adversary’s military power, but not through battles.”
Scavenged firehose has dramatic sculptural effect and personal metaphoric meaning related to my grandfather, a fireman who died young after saving a boy from a well. I’m using firehose to create a parody of gyms, titled Soft Gym.
Personalized training creates strength and is often a replacement for and contributes to the perceived lack of value in manual labor. Making art needs manual labor. Using firehose and hand-dyed underwear suggests a human connection to my oddly scaled sculptures.
"America faces large challenges; racism, gun violence, global warming, and an assault on the truth.
My work is an urgent response to these issues and a call for dialogue. Through assemblage of sculpture materials and paper collage, billboards, installations, and cyanotype, I create messages designed to appeal to basic human desires for decency and good health. Recently, I began making cyanotypes that explore Black Lives Matter protests and the effects of the pandemic. Living near Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of a 2012 mass shooting, inspired sculptures made out of shotgun shells, and to this day, I donate a percentage of all work sold to organizations that work for gun control.
I move between these themes creating sculptures, installations and prints that urge action on injustice. My work isn’t didactic, but it is made with singular desire. It expresses unease and discontent with the status quo and connects with those who may share those feelings." - Margaret Roleke