Zack Bath

MFA, Printmaking

https://www.zachbathprintmaking.com/

Statement

Within my art exists a universal dialogue concerning environmental destruction, social depravity, and psychological apathy. Imagery mired in personal and social critique melded with counterculture, esoteric mysticism, and grotesque histories form the basis for expressionistic reaction to normative culture. An emphasis upon fervent, gestural mark making, bold contrast, and monochromatism defines my convergent exploration into the dark dimensionality of humanities follies and the saccharin commodification of anguish. 

My studio practice revolves around collection, distortion, and transmutation of images from near and distant history, sketches and photography from my personal interactions in the world, and philosophical and spiritual research which directs the motivations for each piece. As I compile and then assemble these chimeric figures into life size drawings on wood, either done in charcoal or brush and ink, the bones of the woodcut become tangible. Through harsh, gestural carving and tedious refinement of passages, there is a delicate balance that takes shape as the wood pushes back and creates its own nuances with each incision of the tool. Once carving has been completed the imagery has undergone yet another metamorphosis as it is inked and printed. Secondary mokulito (wood litho) blocks are then layered on to add an ethereal and fluid domain for the black and white figures to occupy.

Anthropogenica, 2019
Woodcut Print, 80″x30″

Malleus Maleficarum, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print 80″x48″

Sungazers, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print 80″x48″

Plague Dancer, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print, 80″x44″

Deposition of a Soothsayer, 2020
Mokulito Print, 42″x34″

Minotauros, 2020
Woodcut Print, 80″x48″

Funeral Inversion, 2019
Woodcut Print, 80″x37″

R-Complex Crystalization, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print, 80″x48″

Towering Obsidian, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print, 80″x48″

Board Up The House, 2020
Mokulito Print, 80″x44″

Zack Bath

MFA, Printmaking

https://www.zachbathprintmaking.com/

Statement

Within my art exists a universal dialogue concerning environmental destruction, social depravity, and psychological apathy. Imagery mired in personal and social critique melded with counterculture, esoteric mysticism, and grotesque histories form the basis for expressionistic reaction to normative culture. An emphasis upon fervent, gestural mark making, bold contrast, and monochromatism defines my convergent exploration into the dark dimensionality of humanities follies and the saccharin commodification of anguish. 

My studio practice revolves around collection, distortion, and transmutation of images from near and distant history, sketches and photography from my personal interactions in the world, and philosophical and spiritual research which directs the motivations for each piece. As I compile and then assemble these chimeric figures into life size drawings on wood, either done in charcoal or brush and ink, the bones of the woodcut become tangible. Through harsh, gestural carving and tedious refinement of passages, there is a delicate balance that takes shape as the wood pushes back and creates its own nuances with each incision of the tool. Once carving has been completed the imagery has undergone yet another metamorphosis as it is inked and printed. Secondary mokulito (wood litho) blocks are then layered on to add an ethereal and fluid domain for the black and white figures to occupy.

Anthropogenica, 2019
Woodcut Print, 80″x30″

Malleus Maleficarum, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print 80″x48″

Sungazers, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print 80″x48″

Plague Dancer, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print, 80″x44″

Deposition of a Soothsayer, 2020
Mokulito Print, 42″x34″

Minotauros, 2020
Woodcut Print, 80″x48″

Funeral Inversion, 2019
Woodcut Print, 80″x37″

R-Complex Crystalization, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print, 80″x48″

Towering Obsidian, 2020
Woodcut & Mokulito Print, 80″x48″

Board Up The House, 2020
Mokulito Print, 80″x44″

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