The male form is something that is often praised in classical art, and artist Zachari Logan has a whole body of work based off of one: his male form. In his exhibit Eunuch, he starts to deconstruct it via a look within.
Logan was born in 1980 in Saskatchewan, a province in central Canada. According to an interview he gave in 2013, he got his self-referential style from an art teacher, who looked at his drawings of other naked men and observed that “there was a strange distance, the drawings were cold.” The teacher suggested he turn the mirror on himself, and such pieces now make up the bulk of his artwork.
Much of his work references Baroque art, and some of his exhibits show the male form adorned like many baroque pieces—covered in decorations. Many examples can be seen in both his Wilderness Tips and Metamorphosis/Passages exhibits, a selection of which can be viewed at his website. (Warning: many of the images are not safe for work.)
Some of his other pieces draw more inspiration from the late medieval period. Eunuch, which will be shown at the Leslie Lohman Museum in an upcoming exhibit, is largely influenced by the Unicorn tapestries. The “garden” theme serves to reference memories, as the flowers he uses could not exist alongside the other plants shown. Each flower is attached to a memory for Logan, and thus Eunuch becomes a tapestry of reminiscences. He steps away from his largely figurative body of work to create this exhibit, which consists of both drawings and sculptures.
The Eunuch exhibit will be open at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art from February 26 to May 3.