Zack Wirsum’s latest body of work attempts to refine the visual noise that has accumulated in his past painting practice. The seemingly obsessive linear layering and intense attention to detail along with vivid coloring remains, but restful passages of negative space are being incorporated to establish a compositional hierarchy and moments of ease. These latest paintings still emphasize a high variety of texture and breadth of spectrum with the continued playful push and pull of abstraction and figure, but as the practice advances the need for stillness pushes the process into new directions of exploration. As the son of Karl Wirsum and Lorri Gunn, Zack continues the tradition of important Chicago artists with his unique paintings style.
Zack Wirsum was born in Chicago in 1979 and currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received his BFA in painting at The School of the Art Institute in 2002 and also attended Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
He is currently exhibiting his third solo exhibition "A Stranger Still..." at Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago. The show runs through July 1st with a closing public artist talk between him and his father Karl Wirsum, also a recognized artist in the area. Nathan Mason, Curator of Exhibits and Public Art at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for the City of Chicago, will be moderating the talk. For more information about this event, please visit the gallery website.