In paintings and drawings ranging from abstract to representational, Zach Bruder explores the associations we attach to words, images, and patterns. For his paintings, he works with a limited palette and on both circular and rectangular canvases. He has filled these with cartoonish images of only-just-recognizable vintage comic book characters; figures that appear to be inspired by Old Master portraits; and fragmentary images of fruit, body parts, and various landscapes. His drawings trend towards abstraction. They have featured allover, black-and-white patterns of dots and diamond shapes, which suggest Ben Day dots or grainy newspaper or photocopied images enlarged to the point of being unrecognizable. Bruder’s interest in disrupting legibility has also extended to words. For an installation project, he affixed nonsensical phrases—like “seven fold to fail”—to book covers arrayed along a wall. Their content was anyone’s guess.
American, b. 1984, Cleveland, Ohio, based in New York, New York