December 2021


Just Keep Breathing

Zach Van Horn


Opening Reception

Friday, December 3
7 – 10 p.m.

Close of Show

Saturday, January 15, 12 – 3 p.m.

Artist Bio

Zach Van Horn was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where he currently resides. He earned his BFA in Drawing and Painting from The Ohio State University in 2013 and earned his MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2018. He has shown work in Philadelphia and New York City. Though primarily a painter, he also plays in other mediums including sculpture, writing, music production, and video. Zach has also run five marathons (the Columbus Marathon twice and the Philadelphia Marathon three times).

Show Statement

My studio practice resembles the night sky where each star represents an idea I am interested in exploring. Among these ideas include but are not limited to consciousness, alchemy, technology, memories, and dreams. After studying these stars more closely, I can begin to draw connections between them, forming constellations. My work is the visual representation of these constellations. As the universe expands towards infinity then hopefully my work will grow towards infinity. 

The current iteration of the process of my paintings involves making two separate paintings and then combining them into one. The first painting starts with pouring paint onto a wood panel. I then use tape to protect some of the underpainting before painting on top of the pour. The imagery I paint comes from old photographs from different points of my life. Once painted, I remove the tape and evenly sand the surface of the painting. The second painting starts as paintings on paper that are then cut up and slightly rearranged to create a pixelated mosaic. I then use tape to protect the underpainting again but this time I cover up the inverse area from painting one. I then paint the exact same image again, remove the tape, and then evenly sand the surface. I then cut the second painting based on ripple line drawings I made and glue the cut out second layer parts onto the first painting.


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