Zach Seeger’s surveillance

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Zach Seeger, Eye, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.

I asked Zach Seeger, artist and co-director of This Friday Or Next Friday, a small gallery space in DUMBO, why he paints eyes. “I began painting the eye paintings following a series of collages that were inspired by the threat (real or imagined) of an all formatting eye: the eye of surveillance which serves as omnipresent interlocutor between invisible violence and an image of vanity.”

Zach Seeger, Eye, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.
Zach Seeger, Eye, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.
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Zach Seeger, Eye, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.
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Zach Seeger, Eye, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.
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Zach Seeger, Eye, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.
Zach Seeger, Eye, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.
Zach Seeger, Eye, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches.

“After the collages, I began to paint the eyes approaching the paintings on board as decorative objects symbolically representing the eye motif while creating an optical situation where the interior image and periphery of the painting (margins outside of the eye and thus painting) serve as a flipping perspective between view finder mask to visible interior image. I am trying to create a simultaneous reality where painting is both image and object and then image within image. Successful or not, the motif has been liberating and requires a level of discipline lacking in previous methods of working.”

Zach Seeger’s paintings, both charming for their buoyant paint-handling and disturbing for their insist stare, are on view in “Eyes on the Prize, Ribbons in Your Eyes,” a two-person show with Ashley Garrett at RISD Memorial Hall Gallery in Providence, RI. Through November 20, 2016.

Also look for Garrett’s work through November 20, 2016, in “Creeks’ Risin’,” a solo show at Hood Gallery in Bushwick.

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Sculptural objects around town
Invitation: “Sharon Butler: New Paintings” opens Friday, January 8, at Theodore:Art

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