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Visual Arts Center | Jerstad Gallery

Boston area sculptor, Zach Gabbard’s practice is varied and has come to include performance, video, collaboration and electronics along with object making. He “offers prayers” for heathens in the form of LED and neon signs that are at once comforting and sad. He takes to the streets in the guise of a suited character, the Gentleman, and explores his local geography looking for signs of connectedness and home.

The work in this exhibition aims to merge the conceptually heavy medium of illuminated poetry disguised as advertising with the wordless openness of formal sculptural abstraction to make work that resists an entirely intellectual or visceral form of interpretation. I want to make work that lovingly defies rapid apprehension on any level and yet is somehow always welcoming.

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