The Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner and Zachari Logan (2020)
First edition of the catalogue published in 2020 on the occasion of the exhibition The Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner & Zachari Logan.
Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt, Jennifer McGregor, Leah Taylor
Organized by the Kenderdine Art Gallery/College Art Galleries, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, and Wave Hill New York Public Garden and Cultural Center
Designed by Barr Gilmore.
Edited by Wayne Baerwaldt, 21C Curators Inc.
Text entries by Wayne Baerwaldt, Jennifer McGregor and Sandra Fraser.
Photography by Carey Shaw, Zachari Logan, Ross Bleckner Studio, and Wayne Baerwaldt.
9x9”, 96pp., hard cover, colour images throughout, foil stamp, foil dies, 120pt board, sewn and bound in litho wrapped case, 80lb rainbow endpapers.
1,000 copies printed and bound in Belgium by Type A Print, Toronto.
All artwork © 2020 Ross Bleckner & Zachari Logan
The Shadow of the Sun: Ross Bleckner and Zachari Logan pairs New York-based painter Ross Bleckner with Regina-based Zachari Logan to remarkable effect. The artists share a sensibility in artmaking that make for a powerful concert of ideas, forms and materials in their solo and collaborative works richly illustrated in this new hardcover catalogue.
On the surface it may appear that Bleckner and Logan have developed oeuvres that are stylistically disparate. The visual references of style are only part of the picture. On a deeper level the catalogue proposes aesthetic links that underpin each artist’s work. They are the means to create a context of understanding for shared notions of visibility/invisibility, sexuality, selfhood, contemporary landscapes, transcendence, the fragility of love and the omnipresence of sickness and death. Both artists share an appetite for representing societal and personal melancholy, reverential beauty, and hint at the many obtuse corporeal sites of erotic pleasure. The result is a rich, diverse and highly influential oeuvre of visual markers and strategies around image-making and consciousness that has inspired a generation of artists in the US, Canada and abroad.
Ross Bleckner was born in New York City and grew up in Hewlett, NY. He received a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in 1971, a Master of Fine Arts from Cal Arts in 1973, and he has taught at many of the nation’s most prestigious universities. During his career, Bleckner has exhibited throughout the United States, and internationally, at venues such as SFMoMA, the ICA Philadelphia, Kunsthalle Zuriche, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Art Gallery of Ontario, College Art Galleries @ University of Saskatchewan, among others. In 1995, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York held a major retrospective of his works. Works by Bleckner are also held in public collections throughout the globe, including MoMA, MoCA LA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Zachari Logan holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan’s Art and Art History Department. Since graduating in 2008, Logan has maintained a studio practice focusing on drawing, painting, ceramics and installation. His work has been exhibited widely, in group and solo exhibitions in the Americas, Europe, and India. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Remai Modern, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (NYC), and the Scarfone-Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa, the Tom Thomson Shack (McMichael Canadian Art Collection), among others. Logan has attended residencies in London, Paris, rural Tennessee, Calgary, Vienna (Museum Quartier), New York City (ISCP and Wave Hill Public Gardens in the Bronx).
Major support for this publication has been provided by our generous donors including the Kenderdine Art Gallery/ College Art Galleries, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), Type A Print (Toronto), Barr Gilmore Design (Toronto), Wave Hill New York Public Garden & Cultural Center, 21C Curators Inc. (Calgary, Assiniboia), Paul Petro Contemporary Art (Toronto), Remai Modern (Saskatoon), Julie Saul Gallery (New York), and Creative Saskatchewan.