Piece description from the artist
My paintings are where I excise my greatest fears, such as being the victim of random violence, organ failure, financial ruin etc. and where I work through complex problems and things that I don't fully understand. This being the case, I have always found it necessary to approach them with a sense of humor for balance and as a way to take control. For me, humor is found in contrast, between imagery and text and aspects of the figures themselves. The figures, often engaged in passive acts of violence or seen gorging themselves, are indeed grotesque, yet pathetically vulnerable and quite huggable. They are bags of meat about to burst but are propped up on delicate stick limbs which are used to poke, pull, and prod each other. The text and titles of the work are the funniest parts; sometimes possessing an obvious relationship to the image, sometimes they are a bit more ambiguous, they are always meant for your enjoyment.
Things Are Looking Up
I am amazed at the overwhelming complexity of the body and how little of the potential failures of its systems ever actually occur.
Zane Lancaster was born in 1979 in Evanston, Wyoming. He received a BFA in Painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2003 and an MFA from The University of Utah in 2008. He was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship by the Wyoming Arts Council in 2006, an Alvin Gittins Figurative Painting Fellowship in 2007, and the 2008 Ethel Armstrong Rolapp Award. Lancaster currently teaches drawing and painting at the University of Utah and is represented by Salt Lake City’s ‘A’ Gallery.