“Across time and cultures, humans have routinely paid their respects and expressed their grief using the language of flowers,” said Siddhartha Shah, PEM’s Director of Education and Civic Engagement, Curator of South Asian Art and exhibition Curator. “Zachari Logan invites us to dwell in their potent symbolism and to discover a mirrored cycle of death and rebirth that is within us all.”
Logan’s work explores how the deep pain of heartbreak of mourning finds an enduring resonance with the fragile beauty of flowers and plants. The exhibition includes a portrait of 49 flowers commemorating June 12, 2016, when 49 innocent people were killed in a mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest attack on LGBTQ+ people in American history. His 2016 pastel on black paper, Wreath (Silhouette), prompts us to reconsider imagery of wreaths. Since ancient times, wreaths have served as funerary offerings, symbolizing eternal life and the indestructible spirit. But, when worn as a crown, wreaths can convey abundance, celebration, and fertility. Like the flowers and leaves that produce its form, it can, depending on your perspective, be a symbol of life or death, as well as the great mystery beyond.
“When conscious grief is welcomed with tenderness and patience, it becomes an opportunity to sow new seeds of hope for the future,” adds Shah. “Our hope is that visitors – many of whom have experienced personal tragedy during the pandemic – find comfort in this exhibition and may embrace the invitation to transform their suffering in order to sow new seeds of hope for the future.”
ABOUT ZACHARI LOGAN
Canadian artist Zachari Logan (b. 1980, Saskatoon) works mainly with large-scale drawing, ceramics and installation. Evolving a visual language exploring the intersections between identity, memory and landscape and place, Logan re-wilds his body as an expression of queerness. Logan has exhibited widely throughout North America, Europe and Asia and is found in private and public collections worldwide, including; National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Remai Modern, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Leslie-Lohman Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (NMOCA), 21cMuseums Hotel Collection and Thetis Foundation, among others. Logan has attended many residencies; including Vienna's MuseumsQuartier MQ21 Program, the International Studio & Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, Wave Hill Botanical Gardens Winter Workspace Program in the Bronx and was artist in residence at the Tom Thomson Shack at the McMichael Gallery. Logan has worked collaboratively with several celebrated artists, including Ross Bleckner and Sophie Calle and his work has been featured in many publications worldwide, including BBC Culture, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, Border Crossings and Public Journal to name a few. Recent 2021 exhibitions include, Shadow Of The Sun: Ross Bleckner & Zachari Logan at Wave Hill Botanical Gardens and Ghost Meadows at Remai Modern.
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- Zachari Logan, The Disappearing Sky No. 1 (detail), 2020. Chalk pastel and graphite on blue paper. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of the artist and Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.
- Zachari Logan, Mouth no. 3, from Wildman Series, 2019. Blue pencil on mylar. Courtesy of the Artist and Julie Saul Projects, NYC.
Zachari Logan: Remembrance is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the generosity of Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation. Additional support was provided by individuals who support the Exhibition Incubation Fund: Jennifer and Andrew Borggaard, James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes, Kate and Ford O'Neil, and Henry and Callie Brauer. We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.
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