This work is part of an ongoing series by the artist, each depicting an ornament-like house with an internal glow that radiates from the home into the sky. Bruder’s paintings of houses, like many of the artist's works, are based on semi-mythic images. This work explores confrontation with the past as a means to interpret the ever-changing present. The artist's compositions are visually and compositionally harmonious, even as they conflate divergent pictorial influences from advertisements, caricatures, cartoons, art history and photos from the artist's extensive historical archive. In his work, the artist ponders which historical and contemporary myths will be transmitted as time and culture progress—as narratives and images inevitably take on a life of their own.
Zach Bruder’s metaphorical approach to painting and long-term interest in image collecting combine in his inventive compositions, where both pictorial and illusionistic space play a role. The artist's paintings are often humorous and allegorical, and they frequently involve animals, architecture and anthropomorphism. Bruder's works revive and repurpose familiar motifs, referencing folklore while finding new metaphors in simple objects and creatures. The artist draws from classical and vernacular mythology culled from his extensive archive of historic imagery. Addressing mythologies both cultural and personal, Bruder’s paintings offer multiple interpretations of religious and social narratives—while urgently responsing to the societal and political moment in which they were produced.
Zach Bruder’s humorous and allegorical paintings repurpose familiar motifs—including animals, folklore, architecture and anthropomorphism—to find new metaphors in simple objects and creatures. The artist’s inventive compositions employ classical and vernacular mythology drawn from a vast archive of source images that the artist collects. Bruder’s paintings offer multiple interpretations of religious and social narratives, while responding urgently to the societal and political moment in which they were produced.
Zach Bruder was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1984. The artist received a BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.
Solo exhibitions of Bruder’s work have taken place at: Magenta Plains in New York City; Harlan Levey in Brussels, Belgium; galerie l’inlassable in Paris, France; Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, California; and La MaMa Galleria in New York City.
Group exhibitions that have shown Bruder’s work have taken place at: Peter Freeman in New York City; Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago, Illinois; Ratio 3 in San Francisco, California; The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; Galleri Benoni in Copenhagen, Denmark; Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri; and Magenta Plains in New York City.
Bruder has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Magenta Plains in 2023.
Bruder lives and works in New York City.
This painting of a house, like many of the artist's works, is based on semi-mythic images. This work explores confrontations with the past as a means to interpret the ever-changing present as an internal glow radiates from the home into the sky.More