Zachary A. Edison The Human Ignition

The Human Ignition has three different meanings. The first being that the pieces in this exhibition represent the beginnings, or start, of this body of work. Over the course of seven years, the concepts of these works have shifted from the dangers of technological advancement to individuals attempting to maintain the qualities making up his or her specific persona. Works in the exhibition are intended not to be in order chronologically as the shift in narratives tie into one another. 

The Human Ignition’s second meaning is a play on the term “The Human Condition.” This term describes the way in which humans deal with the biological events each person will inevitably face such as aging and mortality. Through psychology, this study poses that each person will at some point ask themselves the meaning of life, the purpose of their existence, and what happens after their life ends. It’s the answers to these questions which set us apart from one another or guide us to groups with similar outlooks. 

The Human Ignition’s final meaning relates to the overarching narrative of the entire exhibition through its conceptual shifts. Works such as What Were You Thinking?! and Pushing All the Right Buttons discuss the dangers of technological advancement and hubris in modern society’s quest for comfort and longevity. The metaphor of the machine takes a turn in The Obstruction that is Corruption and the larger triptych as the majority searching for comfort is hyperbolized into a modern mechanism comprised of several different parts focused on the same goal. The Underworld Ain’t Nothing to an Underdog and Choking on Guttural Regrets are another shift this time focusing on the individual’s reaction to the “machine’s” attempted assimilation of the subject into the group. Latter pieces such as Hate’s Caress is a Sweeter Comfort than Any Other and With All I have Left, Until My Last Breath represent the figures’ pushback against their respective machines. These figures are more stylized and aggressive than the rest to reference a sort of “ignition” within the subject as he or she resolves to maintain their identity and sense of self against a domineering majority. 

What Were You Thinking?! by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

What Were You Thinking?!, 2013

mixed media

18 x 24 in (45.72 x 60.96 cm)

$375

Choking on Guttural Regrets by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

Choking on Guttural Regrets, 2015

intaglio print

9 x 10 in (22.86 x 25.40 cm)

$350

The Underworld Ain’t Nothing to an Underdog by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

The Underworld Ain’t Nothing to an Underdog, 2014

mixed media

48 x 42 in (121.92 x 106.68 cm)

$775

The Obstruction that is Corruption by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

The Obstruction that is Corruption, 2015

intaglio print

18 x 13 in (45.72 x 33.02 cm)

$900

Enraged in the Engine Block (top panel) 	Steadfast through the Piston Shaft (middle panel) Persevere Under Grinding Gears (bottom panel) by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

Enraged in the Engine Block (top panel) Steadfast through the Piston Shaft (middle panel) Persevere Under Grinding Gears (bottom panel), 2016

mixed media

89 x 42 in (226.06 x 106.68 cm)

$5,200

Pushing All the Right Buttons by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

Pushing All the Right Buttons, 2014

mixed media

30 x 25 in (76.20 x 63.50 cm)

$690

Hate’s Caress is a Sweeter Comfort than Any Other by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

Hate’s Caress is a Sweeter Comfort than Any Other, 2017

mixed media

48 x 28 in (121.92 x 71.12 cm)

$1,300

 Predictability Unravels by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

Predictability Unravels, 2015

intaglio print

6.50 x 6 in (16.51 x 15.24 cm)

$250

Because Every Single Word I Spoke Was Just Taken For A Joke by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

Because Every Single Word I Spoke Was Just Taken For A Joke, 2020

mixed media

22 x 16 x 13 in (55.88 x 40.64 x 33.02 cm)

$7,400

The Deep-Cut Compromises by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

The Deep-Cut Compromises, 2016

mixed media

17 x 44 x 6 in (43.18 x 111.76 x 15.24 cm)

$850

With All I Have Left, Until My Last Breath by Zachary A. Edison

Zachary A. Edison

With All I Have Left, Until My Last Breath, 2020

mixed media

13 x 32 x 22 in (33.02 x 81.28 x 55.88 cm)

$7,800

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