The Drawers - Zachari Logan  Commentary written by Julie Oakes

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Although there is diversity, a consistency rules with unflinching surety. There are no women. There are only men and each man is an archetypical, perfect specimen of maleness. Zachari Logan’s man is a prince among men. He has an apollonian body. He is in the process of discovering the New World. He is a man among men even when wearing a ballgown.

Zachari Logan depicts with graphite in a manner reminiscent of romantic illustration. He has created a neo classical narrative of modern men with hip goatees, Little Lord Fauntleroy curls, baseball caps and sideburns dressed in the costumes of centuries previous or flaunting a Spartan nakedness. They inhabit a focused world, each figure realistically modeled with dramatic shadows adding clarity and dignity. Each man is concentrated on his task. They are busy doing the work of men, exploring the world in ships or scaling, mining and exploring mankind. In “Gulliver,” Jonathon Swift's character is beached. The Lilliputians climb and claim the burly male body. They stand on his head, they peer into his anus, they truss his testicles. Zachari has lassoed masculinity.

The drawings are larger than the normal concept of drawing. Drawing has a history of being preparatory work, secretive intimate recordings, unfinished, undeveloped and partial ideas that have been given a cursory life on paper. Zachari Logan transcends both the physical and the conceptual limitations of drawings. He blows up an intimate statement of homoerotic yearning and grants the subject a monumental, dignified bearing.

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