For the month of October we are thrilled to be exhibiting the work of local artist Zach Burk. Zach has been experimenting with glitter as a new medium, this exhibit will focus on this new series of works. Recently Zach took the time to answer a few questions for us leading up to his first Friday opening reception Friday October 7th from 7pm-10pm at Fancy Tiger Clothing.
FT: How did you get your start with working in this medium?
ZB: I was trying to make something related to pollution and what that meant, but without representation it is kind of tricky and I sort of exhausted the usual craft-mediums that I work in but the nature of this material is polluting; I am constantly covered in glitter. I have always loved glitter in make up and worked with a lot of drag queens when I was younger; aiding them in painting there face so it seemed like a natural choice to go about "painting" with it as it has been so popular again these past few years in a lot of scenes, and always will be for the theatrical quality of it. I saw a demo on Martha Stewart and that got me hooked on shopping for glitter of all types. Now I have like 300 some colors of glitter mixed and my studio is COVERED with little sparkles.
FT: Where do you find your best inspiration for your work?
ZB: When I work on a painting I tend to look into history, biology and other artists. With this work I was really influenced by the impact light has on biology and the relationships between color and the elements. I watched a lot of Brian Cox on BBC when working on these and recent, related paintings.
FT: What music do you listen to when you work?
ZB: I listen to a huge range of music, but here is a playlist that I love right now and paint to often (sometimes with solitary-dance/sway-intervals.)
1. Austra, Her Darkened Horse
2. Wild Beasts, Lion's Share
3. Destroyer, Blue Eyes
4. Young Dreams, Expectations
5. Lykke Li, Love Out of Lust
6. Big Eagle, Anywhere the Wind Blows
7. Amen Dunes, Swim Up Behind Me
8. Malvina Reynolds, The Desert
9. Roosbeef, Volle Magen
10. Boudewijn De Groot, Vrijgezel
11. Razika, Why Have We to Wait
12. Givers, Up Up Up
13. Bjork, Tesla (Omar Souleyman Version)
14. Little Dragon, Ritual Union
FT: What would you like people to know about your work/process that isn’t evident when looking at it?
ZB: Although it is a silly craft most relate to the 60's, drag and the holidays, it does take a lot of time to let things dry, tape, and mix the colors much like other mediums but it is meditative and therefore good for the mind and soul.
Stop by Friday October 7th from 7pm-10pm for the opening of Zach's month long exhibit at Fancy Tiger Clothing. Come toast to the artist with beverages provided by Great Divide Brewery and enjoy a stunning soundtrack.
See you there!
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