Santa Barbara-based artist Zack Paul presents an immersive installation experience made of building materials. It refers to the architectural aerial photos of roofs that denote the repetitive geometrization of the planet's surface. The works are inspired in part by 1960's design styles and Phillip K. Dick's science fiction novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, where people are forced to live only under roofs. With a background in graphic design, the artist seeks materials with defined physicality and often deconstructs the mixed use of hand-constructed and industrial fabrication of art. Blurring boundaries between design, collage, sculpture and interior decoration, the work includes 45-degree angle and horizontal paintings, and a wall-to-wall mural that play with perspective, the human scale, and material displacement and re-contextualization.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Paul currently lives and works in Santa Barbara. A self-taught artist, Paul was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA; and he has participated in group exhibitions at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (now MCASB), CA; Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, CA; Kitsch Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and AP’Art International Contemporary Art Festival, St. Remy, France.
Special Thanks to:
Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; Eric Chirnside, Santa Barbara, CA; The James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Jensen Audio Visual, Santa Barbara, CA; Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Barbara Independent, CA; Santa Barbara Sentinel, CA; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.