Description of Work
Zachary’s work reflects the various modes of making in which he engages: painting and drawing, alongside playing of the violin, cooking, impromptu rhyming in English and Russian, the manipulation of recorded sounds, the movement of his body, and collaborating with other artists, musicians and dancers. He investigates the material narrative that takes place in my painting and drawing. This includes the marinating and cooking of different oils, pigments, and balsams as they are applied to different kinds of surfaces. He believes that an engagement with these surfaces inform the way he approachs his painting. The kind of play and processing that takes place in his painting is reflected in his other approaches to making. The different levels of fluency in each practice influence each other.
Zachary Zeke Podgorny’s birth name is Zachar Vaks, and written in Cyrillic letters it looks like 3axap Bakc. 3axap was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and became Zachary Podgorny when he and his family moved to America, one year after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. Since then, he has been Zachary, Zach, Zack, Zaktion, BeaRaWare, and Paint Conductor. A few years ago he began signing his work as 3axap, as a nod to his roots. Different identities are linked to each name: a different persona for each new moniker. 3axap has become an anthropologist of his identity, and painting and drawing, along with music, cooking, and performance, are the tools he uses to uncover different aspects of himself. As a Russian and Ukrainian Jew in Uzbekistan, he was deeply aware of his differences. His childhood memories consist of smoking grapevines, hopping garage roofs, getting in lots of fights, and being threatened with an axe. When he was five his mother encouraged him to play the violin. He spent many hours alone with his music. When he wasn’t playing the violin, he was painting or drawing, and eventually, visual art became his primary escape from oppression, loneliness, and the aforementioned shenanigans. Zachary Podgorny attended The Tyler School of Art for his BFA and The Ohio State University for his MFA. He has shown in Philadelphia, New York, Columbus Ohio, and Vienna Austria. He is currently an artist in residence at the Galveston Artist Residency.
"Martial Melody" - 2011
"Winter Fall" - 2012
"Wa(o)ndering Wo(a)ndering" - 2011"