Zachari Logan was Headbones Gallery’s first artist in residence during April of this year when he was introduced to the arts community of Vernon.
During that time he completed a drawing that went from the Okanagan to Paris, a pastel drawing of himself covered in monarch butterflies.
This is not an unusual occurrence for Logan’s work as it is often flying about the world – New York, London, Berlin and Paris as well as Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Toronto.
There is a reason for this. Logan’s drawings are memorable.
“Headbones Gallery first saw Logan’s work when it was exhibited at The Mendel Gallery in Saskatoon while he was still a master’s degree student at the University of Saskatchewan, and we were won over immediately,” said Julie Oakes, who with Richard Fogerty, owns Headbones. “It is hard to resist the appeal of Logan’s large scale, infinitely and beautifully detailed drawings so that once blown over by the largess and gorgeousness –– his small, also infinitely detailed pieces draw attention to become equally appealing.”
Logan’s exhibition Fable/ous centres on the drawing he completed during his residency. Entitled Emperor’s New Clothes, it depicts a gentler rendition of a country moment than the usual masculine didactic that would accompany such a large scale, said Oakes.
“The fine detailing of flora, fauna and human gives cause for wonder. If we zoom in on just the sock and the abundance of life forms existing within the same square foot, there is a promise kept in this suggestion of life’s varied abundance that is a fitting visual tribute to the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Oakes. “Since he often uses his own persona as subject, he has sculpted his body for this purpose so that his Apollonian physique is close to being an art piece in itself.”
Headbones is also presenting the work of local artist Katie Brennan, whose exhibition of impressive scaled works on paper, titled Residual Cues, provide a different aspect of contemporary life.
Based on car logos, these oil wash drawings trace the route of a hand-held brush, as wide as the band of a stroke and in doing so transform the familiar into an art icon, said Oakes.
The public is invited to the opening reception for Logan’s Fable/ous and Brennan’s Residual Cues on Friday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. Logan will be visiting from Saskatoon and will give a walk-through tour of his exhibition and an artist’s talk at 8 p.m.
The exhibition runs until Nov. 5 at Headbones Gallery, 6700 Old Kamloops Rd., and is open for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 6 p.m.