Pictures for Artificial Intelligence

Michael Zachary

October 5, 2012 – July 27, 2013

​Michael Zachary’s drawings trick the eye. The viewer is constantly wondering whether there is something to “see” in the elaborate hatch marks, or whether the image is truly abstract.

Selected by our Artist Review Panel, Zachary's drawings trick the eye. The viewer is constantly wondering whether there is something to "see" in the elaborate hatch marks, or whether the image is truly abstract. Inspired by an interest in machine vision, modular construction, and computer aesthetics, Zachary digitally manipulates and modifies photographs to produce a series of projections, often up to twenty for a single image. Using these projections, he reconstructs the images by hand with pen and ink using a modular crosshatching much as a 19th century engraver might. The lines end up as a quasi-substitute for electronic pixels, effectively replacing one modular system for another. Despite the exacting labor and meticulous process, the overall experience of the work is quite dreamlike and disembodied.

Michael Zachary earned a BA in Visual Arts from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 

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