Artist lecturer finds new fans at Lincoln Center in New York

By Costa Maragos Posted: April 3, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Zachari Logan’s huge drawing is the backdrop to How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, which opened at the Lincoln Center Theatre March 20.
Zachari Logan’s huge drawing is the backdrop to How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, which opened at the Lincoln Center Theatre March 20. Photo courtesy of Zachari Logan

Artist Zachari Logan can now add, to his long list of fans, at least two new admirers of his work.

One is an Academy Award winner, and the other is a Tony Award recipient. Not bad company.

This brush with fame comes after one of Logan’s large pieces of artwork was chosen as a backdrop for a play now on at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York.

Logan is a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Media, Arts, and Performance.

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The print used in the play is four times larger than the original. The reproduction was done by a firm in Hamburg, Germany.

His drawing is featured in How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, which opened March 20, 2017. The show features Marisa Tomei, winner of the 1992 Academy Award for best supporting actress. She has since received two more Oscar nominations.

The production’s set designer is David Zinn, who has received four Tony Award nominations. He won a Tony in 2016 for his set design of The Humans.

“David mentioned he found my work online and presented it to the director and writers,” says Logan.

“It was such an honour to be asked by David to be such a major component of the set. As I came to know the content of the play and their reasoning for wanting to use this particular drawing, relating to the dreamlike, surrealistic qualities of the plot and character development, I was enthralled.”

Logan says the drawing itself was purchased in 2016 by TD bank and is in the process of being framed.

“So the request for this came at the right time for me, because it could still be accessed for incredibly high-resolution photos,” says Logan. “So my gallery in Toronto, Paul Petro Contemporary, was able to unroll it and get incredibly high-resolution files to send over to New York. They were then sent to a firm in Germany to be printed on canvas just over 4 times larger than the actual drawing roughly 11 feet by 5 feet (3.35m x 1.5m) to over 45 by 22 feet (14m x 7m).”

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Zachari Logan with cast member Marisa Tomei.

Logan, who is from Saskatoon, earned his BFA and MFA with distinction at the University of Saskatchewan.

He works mainly in drawing, ceramics and installation practices. His works have been exhibited widely in exhibitions throughout North America and Europe and found in public and private collections worldwide.

He now makes Regina his home.

Logan has a strong connection with the U of R.

He’s a sessional lecturer in visual arts during this winter semester.  
In December, his work was featured as part of a U of R artist collection at the Kochi-Muzris Contemporary Art Biennale in India.  

He was the University’s artist-in-residence from June 2015 to June 2016.

“The U of R faculty in MAP has been so generous to me since I first arrived in Regina two years ago,” says Logan. “It’s such a wonderful community with fantastic programming linking the University to the arts in Regina at large.  As well, the drawing featured in the play was completed in my current studio on the U of R campus.”

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Opening night at the Lincoln Center.

A drawing that got Logan a spot on stage at the Lincoln Center Theatre and tickets for opening night of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage.

“I happened to be heading to Paris for another exhibition that opened March 16th and to my surprise and good luck, I was coming back through New York the opening night of the production, so David (Zinn) managed to wrangle me two free tickets to the show and the after party, which was wonderful, and just a tad surreal to see my work presented in such a way and so centrally to the production.”

Being at the after party certainly begs the question. What was it like meeting Marisa Tomei?

“Meeting Marisa Tomei was totally amazing. She was really gracious and articulated to me that the ‘beauty of my drawing’ assisted her in accessing a sense of the wildness her character required which was such a truly humbling thing to hear,” says Logan.

In the meantime, Logan’s works continue to be in great demand. A small sampling of his upcoming projects includes works being shown in Vienna, Austria; Verona, Italy; Toronto and Halifax, where he will be a visiting artist at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

In October, Logan has a show scheduled at Regina's Slate Fine Art Gallery.

And of course, if you happen to be in New York soon, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage is scheduled to run until May 7.