SIX OF ONE: ZAC BRAUN
Six Quick Questions
With One of My Favorite Artists
In the Field with Lori Zimmer
Zac Braun saved me from a drunk person who would not stop hanging on my shoulder at a party at Art Basel Miami last year. I knew right then he must be alright! Aside from being a nice guy (with a giant typewriter tattooed across his chest), Zac is an artist interested in the effects of man-made structures, decay and repetition. His minimalist works are fine and textured, comprised of often common materials like cardboard, elastic and even loose VHS tape. He works outside the picture plane (that being canvas), not being afraid to wrinkle and fold a canvas, and present it in a non-traditional way.
Zac was recently published in Studio Visit Volume 13, and has work in a group show at Hunted Projects in Edinburgh which opens June 9th.
1. What are you currently obsessed with?
VHS tape and the space between two lines.
2. Describe your work in three words?
Process, Chance, Monochromatic.
3. What are your favorite recent exhibitions?
Glenn Ligon at Whitney. Tara Donovan “Pins” at Pace.
4. What is your favorite place and why?
Cliché answer for an artist, but my studio. Doesn’t matter what town, state, country it’s in, it always feels like home. A close second is my head–it gives me inspiration and entertainment wherever I go.
5. What is your go to karaoke song?
My dream karaoke song is Superdrag’s “Sucked Out,” but most places don’t have it. Otherwise, I will always steal the mic on Brit Pop songs when sung. Pulp, Oasis, Blur and Supergrass; dont pick them if you want to sing solo.
6. What book has most influenced you?
Ironically (since I work a lot with text), I’m not much of a word person, so I’m overriding this question to: what music/band has most influenced you? Bands like Can and Neu! (and others of the Krautrock/experimental avant garde elevator music genres) that are on constant rotation in my studio. They have the ability to hypnotize you with repetition so you become lost in the music until you notice the slightest variations in their songs. The songs are so structured, yet sound so free. I want to be able to convey the same visually with my art.
Zac Braun is a Brooklyn-based designer, engineer and artist. He has a giant typewriter tattooed to his chest.
Written by Lori Zimmer
Photography Courtesy of Zac Braun
Design by Marie Havens
All artwork courtesy Zac Braun