"Be the Change" by Zachary Skinner

Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center
October 5 - November 3, 2015
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Artist Receptions: Wednesday, October 7, 11:15 a.m. - Noon and Thursday, October 8, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Windmill, 2015

Artist Statement

Inter-connection is what I cultivate in my artworks. It has led me to create a political space where a viewer is engaged, but has the freedom to draw her/his own conclusion. Expanding on that premise, I believe in an art that can function in a non-polarized, intimate political way. The evidence isn’t found within a heroic gesture on the wall by the artist (me), but rather in the inner strength and creativity of the viewer. So I invite the viewers as participants/collaborators, to draw on handmade chalkboards, incorporated within my visual cacophony of imagery, and objects.

The imagery I have been focused on relates to Activist Philosophy, non-violent resistance, mind-maps of Humanitarian Leaders, and recently of what I call “Geo-Robots” which are inspired by Survivalism, and Geo-Engineering.  In other words, I am interested in models and catalysts for social change, outside of mainstream media discourse.

Artist Bio

Zachary Skinner received his MFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a concentration in Painting and Installation Art. He graduated from Onondaga Community College in 2003 with an AS degree in Fine Art, and received his BFA from SUNY New Paltz College. In 2013, his work “Occupy Times Square” was featured as an Honorable Mention by the Dave Bown Projects, USA. His Video-Art work “Destroy” has been reviewed by NictoGlobe Magazine, Netherlands, and was archived at Medrar for Contemporary Art, Egypt. He has attended the Jentel Artist Residency Program in 2014, WY, USA, and will attend the I-Park Artist Residency.