by Zack Pontious
Artist's Talk: Sat, Mar 16, 3:30-4pm
Reception: Sat, Mar 16, 4-5pm
Zack grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania, in a rural town in the Allegheny National Forrest. He received his BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Shortly after, Zack moved to Salt Lake City to attend Graduate School at The University of Utah. It was here he began to expand on using traditional art materials and explore the notion that art can be a powerful tool to promote social change.
Mass ecological devastation redefines a landscape, creating a dichotomy between visual intrigue and sheer disgust; specifically the devastation created by the oil and gas industry through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fracking is a way to extract natural gas deposits from shale formations. Living most of my life in Northwestern Pennsylvania I have been able to see this natural gas rush unfold, and witness the complications it has created for residents and the environment. I observe and collect information on the subject and use that information as a genesis for my work.
I use a range of materials and techniques to communicate my ideas. I like to invent new processes utilizing non-traditional materials that deepen the concept of my work.
It is my intention to confront a viewer with something that resembles a landscape, but it is not a landscape they have seen before.
Location: Gallery at Library Square
Contact Information: (801) 524-8200