ZACHARI LOGAN "FEEDING 5 / WILD MAN" DRAWING, 2015
Zachari Logan (b. 1980) is a Canadian artist whose richly-detailed works have drawn international recognition and acclaim. Logan first established his reputation with his nude self-portraits and hyper-realistic renditions of flora and fauna. Through these often large-scale drawings and installations, Logan explores themes of masculinity, identity, memory, queerness, and nature.
Raised Catholic, Logan traces artistic influence from his exposure to male imagery, typically of Jesus and the saints, present in the Catholic faith and its vast bank of devotional images. How the body, whether nude or partially undressed, is rendered throughout history impacts the way gender and sexuality are constructed, understood and represented today.
Logan's nude self-portraits stylistically reference Baroque and Renaissance imagery, a time period wherein the Catholic Church was arguably the largest patron of fine art production. Though sometimes ambiguous, Logan as his own subject is often sensual, with an element of absurdity inspired by Neoclassical male nudes.
This luminous drawing "Feeding 5" is from Logan's Wild Man series. While Logan's body remains the site of exploration for this work, it has evolved from its previous depictions. Here Logan's nude body engages with natural beauty, "re-wilding" his physical self to embody his own queer nature. Meticulously rendered birds playfully perch upon Logan's nude physique, decorating his body with their ornamentally feathered bodies. Is this image an erotic re-imagining of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology, typically depicted surrounded by birds.
For the queer community, (ostentatious or exaggerated) adornment can be an expression of freedom and defiance. Yet Logan's work suggests a duality of adornment; the more embellishment, the more concealment or obscuring of one's natural identity. Visibility is heightened, but what is visible may be drastically altered or even shielding the authentic. Logan uses nature to symbolize how queerness can engulf an identity, pushing self-portraiture into the fantastical in the process.
Logan holds a BA and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. He was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award Emerging Artist Award in 2014. Logan's work has been shown in solo and group shows across North American and Europe. Institutions like the National Gallery of Canada hold his work in their permanent collections.
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“Feeding 5, from Wild Man series”
Blue pencil on Mylar
42"H 29"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
Note: additional images coming soon
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