Zac Culler is known nationally and in the Northwest for his site-specific and installation work as a member of the collaborative trio SuttonBeresCuller. He will be exhibiting his own work for his second solo show at Linda Hodges Gallery.
Culler continues his series of mandala-like paintings that give new meaning to the Eastern Mandala symbol. Traditionally, the circular symbol is used to represent the infinite universe in Hindu and Buddhist thought. Calendars, maps and star charts, are all examples of ways to make sense of or map reality. Drawing from stream of conscience, Culler creates his own surreal diagrams of the universe. The Invasive Species series is a subset of this larger body of work. In it, Culler focuses on non-native species that pose a threat to Washington state’s environment.
Culler begins to play with scale in his watercolor portraits of local personalities, which chronicle his life as an artist through the people he meets along the way. Provocative, insightful, and energetic, they leap off the page into the viewer's space.
In his series, Figure In Landscape or Copyright Infringement Questions For My Attorney, Culler deconstructs his process. Computers, digital photography, stock photos and Google images have had an enormous impact on the conceptualization and execution of all of these works. The copyright infringement series is meant to be a tongue-in-cheek exploration into where the threshold of image manipulation and appropriation lies.
Culler came to Seattle from Pittsburgh in 1996 to study art at Cornish, where he received in BFA in painting and sculpture.