VICTOR ZAK ZAIKINE

Ecological-Environmental-Installation Writings

Byrdcliffe Invitational Art Exhibits

ZAK ZAIKINE

     SCULPTURE AND SCULPTURAL ENVIRONEMENT IN RED SHALE QUARRY

     WHITE SPACE
     BYRDCLIFFE BARN
     BYRDCLIFFE ROAD, WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK

     EXHIBITON: SEPTEMBER 26, 1981 1 TO 4 P.M.

ZAK ZAIKINE WAS BORN VICTOR EUGENE ZAIKINE IN QUEENS, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK IN 1941 TO PARENTS STRONGLY INVOLVED WITH THEIR NATIVE RUSSIAN CULTURE. HE STUDIED ART AT PRATT INSTITUTE FROM 1959 TO 1964, NOTABLY WITH CHARLES GINNEVER AND GEORGE McNEIL. ZAIKINE LIVED AND WORKED IN CALIFORNIA FROM 1974 TO 1980, MAINLY IN BIG SUR AND HEALDSBURG.

ZAIKINE HAS HAD THIRTEEN SOLO EXHIBITS OF SCULPTURE, HIS PRIMARY ART; HE HAS ALSO WORKED IN GRAPHICS AND IN BUILDING, AND HAS PUBLISHED FOUR BOOKS OF HIS POEMS. HIS PRINCIPAL MEDIA HAVE BEEN BRONZE, WOOD, STONE, AND BONE, AND INDUSTIAL MATERIALS SUCH AS PLASTICS AND LACQUERS. HE HAS MADE ENVIRONMENTAL INSTALLATIONS SINCE 1963, AND HAS DONE ARTIST'S PERFORMANCES. DURING MUCH OF HIS CAREER HIS WORK INCLUDED VERBAL SOCIAL COMMENT, AND HE REGARDED HIS LIFE ITSELF AS A PERFORMANCE RITUAL; PRESENTLY EACH OF THESE ASPECTS OF HIS WORK IS SUBLIMATED. ZAIKINE'S ART HAS BEEN OVERTLY CONCERNED WITH NATURAL ECOLOGY AND WITH MATERIALS AND APPEARANCE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART SINCE THE EARLY 1970'S, CONTINUING LIFE-LONG INTERESTS.

ZAIKINE HAS MADE OVER A THOUSAND SCULPTURES WHICH TODAY ARE IN OVER 300 INSTITUTIONAL AND PERSONAL COLLECTIONS; APPROXIMATELY EIGHTY COLLECTIONS CONTAIN FIVE OR MORE OF HIS WORKS. SINCE MAY 1980, ZAIKINE HAS LIVED AND WORKED IN AN OLD MILL IN SHADY, A HAMLET IN THE TOWN OF WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK. THIS IS HIS FIRST ONE-MAN SHOW IN THE REGION.

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BYRDCLIFFE INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBITS ARE PRESENTED BY HUDSON ARTS CONSORTIUM IN COOPERATION WITH WOODSTOCK GUILD OF CRAFTSMEN AND ITS BYRDCLIFFE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS. PROGRAMS OF THE CONSORTIUM ARE PARTIALLY SUPPORTED BY NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS.




Maize Project

Maize Installation for Woodstock Artists Association. Zak with the corn.




Red Shale Project

Red Shale Ritualistic Installation.