Home is where the heart is. -Garrison Art Center

Opening Feb 2025, Three Person Show featuring the works of Amy Cheng, Erik Schoonebeek, and Zac Skinner. Excerpt from the curatorial statement: 

Home, like any hyperobject, gives us a single word to describe something we

intuitively understand, yet find infinitely challenging to pin down. Home encompasses a
will to survive through chaos and complexity. The exhibition, Home Is Where the Heart Is,
seeks to examine the homes we occupy from three viewing distances: close-up, medium-
range, and long-range. Home is Where the Heart Is, by featuring artworks that vary and
manipulate the observer’s field of view, encourages viewers to consider the intricate
symbiotic relationships within our universe, within our world, and within ourselves.
Notes for Tomorrow- The Dorsky Museum

On view thru November 13th, 2023


"The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz is proud to present “Notes for Tomorrow,” an exhibition conceived by Independent Curators International (ICI) featuring artworks selected by 31 curators based in 25 countries around the world to reflect on a new global reality ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notes for Tomorrow” will be on view at The Dorsky Museum from June 17 – Nov. 12, 2023.

About the Exhibition

Coming out of a moment where collective crisis had to be managed through collective care, “Notes for Tomorrow” understands that no singular voice can guide us forward. Instead, it presents a network of overlapping solutions. The works on view are connected across geographies by a shared interest in decolonization. In many works, nature is a recurring focus; at the same time, there are projects that imagine digital space as a point for connection to one another, and even to the sacred. A number of artists stress the importance of sustaining cultural memory and sharing knowledge, while also maintaining a critical gaze toward the monument and the museum. Above all, the works in “Notes for Tomorrow” call for change."

Ecocide Drifter, Wave Hill's Sunroom (Solo Exhibition)

WAVE HILL  SUNROOM PROJECT SPACE October 25–December 6, 2020 ZAC SKINNER Ecocide-Drifter

In the Sunroom, Zac Skinner’s installation of paintings and sculptures explores ecological history, the Anthropocene and a dystopic future—consequences of land and water pollution, industry, capitalism, and other threats that have caused the displacement of vulnerable individuals and entire ecosystems. As an artist, geo-engineer, and backyard tinkerer, Skinner creates an immersive installation of invented makeshift structures, such as a nomadic hut, that resembles a temporary refugee camp in a post-industrial landscape due to climate change. A juxtaposition of creativity and destruction, his sculptures also promote survival and a DIY aesthetic.  

Within this barren landscape of a dried and cracked riverbed floor with riverbanks lining the space, Skinner’s sculptures utilize natural resources that are available, such as the sun, rain and wind. The structures’ surfaces are distressed and look wind- and  sandblown. Skinner explains that they resemble “relics out of time and allude to predictions about global warming causing increasingly violent storms and desertification with which we will have to contend.” He posits that this situation will also cause a scarcity of resources and more climate refugees.  

 Skinner incorporates materials and specific plants for their unique properties. For instance, aluminum foil reflects solar radiation in a solar-cooker, and Aloe vera plants offer medicinal and healing properties as well as the ability to retain water. Resembling an assembly chain, one structure collects water that is used for the plants, and another sculpture is solar or  wind-powered. Skinner also incorporates detritus into his installations. Part of his artistic practice is to walk along the shoreline of the Hudson River to clean up trash and selectively collect driftwood. Along the edges of the Sunroom, his paintings hang precariously from dead branches and driftwood, with evidence of the storms and currents embedded in its surfaces. Inspired by the Romantic sublime, yet subverting it with his post-apocalyptic subject matter, Skinner’s vividly colored paintings serve as sketches for structures and sculptures Zac Skinner’s recent exhibitions have been held at the Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY; Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; The Gallery at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center, Syracuse, NY; Geo-Co-Lab, artist in residence exhibition at  Matteawan  Gallery, Beacon, NY; Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY; and CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea, among others. Skinner holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA from SUNY New Paltz College.      

 PUBLIC PROGRAM November 5, 2PM:  Virtual Meet the Artist Organized by Curator of Visual Arts Eileen Jeng Lynch, the Sunroom Project Space provides an opportunity for New York-area emerging artists to develop a site-specific project to exhibit in a solo show. The artists participating in the 2020 season are, consecutively, Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin, Gracelee Lawrence and Zac Skinner.

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Wave Hill Meet The Artist Video: Zac Skinner
Anthropocene Outpost: Stories of the Future (Solo Exhibition)

March 8 - April 19, 2020

Rockland Center for the Arts

Anthropocene Drifter (Solo Exhibition)

August 10 – September 15
Opening reception: August 10th, 5-7pm

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, NY 10524
Gallery hours: Tues-Sun, 10AM - 5PM

Garrison Art Center is pleased to present Anthropocene Drifter, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Zachary Skinner. The exhibition will be on view at the Riverside Galleries from August 10 through September 15. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, August 10, 5-7pm.

Zachary Skinner finds beauty, humor, irony and playfulness in his use of cast-off materials and his otherwise dark depictions of survival in response to increasingly violent weather due to climate change. Anthropocene Drifter is a powerful exhibition of paintings and sculptures depicting the dystopian point of view of a nomad living in a future in which the Earth’s ecosystem has been all but destroyed. The large, interactive installation is variously constructed from recycled objects and other simple materials portraying a nomadic survival camp in the aftermath of a dysfunctional interdependence of man and nature. The viewer is invited to wander through this environment which takes us on a fictional journey. Included in the installation are live plants cultivated by imaginative techniques on structures that also function as shelters. Other functional structures generate solar power through the gallery windows. The intention of the artist is for visitors to assume the role of nomad/survivor and contemplate their own interdependence with the land.

The paintings in the exhibition reinforce the sculptures’ theme of new technologies that generate wind, hydro, or solar power as well as survivalist structures such as rafts and makeshift sailboats which through their precariousness reflect the fragile relationship between humanity and nature. The paintings also grapple with the relevance of the modern landscape. Using oil, acrylic, and mixed media, Skinner creates works that flow between authenticity and parody, fetishized forms and flatness, the Romantic sublime and post- apocalypse, invention and destruction. Paintings and sculptures can each stand alone, but together act as mutual supports for the intended narrative and create a kind of dialectical inquiry into the deeper existential questions of our time while addressing themes of humanity, ecology and sustainability.
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