Dry Bones Can Harm No Man, an exhibition of work by Bryan Zanisnik, consists of a 2-channel video and photographs of carefully constructed tableaus. The photographs incorporate highly personal as well as found objects suggestive of order and disorder, and contain absolute meaning and no meaning at the same time. The spaces within the photographs constantly shift, appearing one moment as a private and authentic locale and the next as a subjective and fictitious construct. In the 2-channel video, “Preserve,” we follow Zanisnik’s father as he leads the viewer through both a taxidermy museum in Northern Maine and the artist’s childhood home in New Jersey. His father acts as a tour guide and salesperson, feeding us important —yet concurrently banal— information about the objects on display.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a live performance will take place at SUNDAY L.E.S. on Saturday, November 7, 3:00pm.
Bryan Zanisnik (b. 1979, Union, NJ) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA from Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; Exit Art and P.P.O.W., New York, NY, among others. His work has been mentioned in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Art on Paper, and New York Magazine, among others. Bryan’s video work will be featured concurrently in Seven Easy Steps, a video screening series held at HORTON & LIU, on October 13th and November 17th.