Christopher Zanko is an early career artist from Austinmer, south of Sydney, NSW Australia.
By carving and chiseling line and pattern, Zanko nods to the production qualities of the print – the play with negative and positive space and the dynamic between thick line and planar shapes. The printmaking quality suggests the multiple, much as the buildings selected are houses of a type, reproduced with variation across suburbs. He has selected these buildings both for their formal qualities and their persistent presence. They are sculptural entities in the landscape, vulnerable to changing circumstance and to future augmentation or demolition. To carve is to set an image down with a level of density that ensures permanence, whether the existing structure remains or is destroyed.
Zanko graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Wollongong University with Distinction in Painting (BCA). He was a winner of the 2016 Gongcrete Art Prize and a finalist in the 2016 Gosford Art Prize and the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award. He has shown in numerous group exhibitions including at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong. Umbra is his first solo show at The Egg & Dart.