Blair Zaye

Blair Zaye is an artist/curator originally from New Zealand with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Auckland University, New Zealand and a Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea, based in London since 2008.

A multidisciplinary artist working in paintings, drawings, video, performance and installation his work researches the changes that have and are occurring in society. Observing where artists have placed themselves within these conversations historically, presently and could do in the future. In particular, he attempts to investigate the boundaries and similarities between; technology, neo-futurism, quantum physics, consciousness, the esoteric, spirituality, populism, human potentialism, the transcendental and the nature of realities.

Initially posing the following questions pertaining to the contextual melee above; What happened? What’s happening? What’s next, and how can this be expressed, relayed and understood? Moreover; Where does the spiritual fit into contemporary art these days and how can it be communicated and what part does it play in cultural (r)evolution in the modern world?

Exploring the differences and also the links between the tangible vs. the intangible, the duality or perhaps the dichotomy between the taught concepts of the transcendental versus the genuine experience of it. Previous attempts to relay the transcendental created a barrier between the experience and the viewer, as such he is now in the process of moving from the (re)presentation of knowledge/thought, to the attempt of making a more immersive transcendental experience, with the hope that people can later reflect and seek themselves. Zaye has continued exploring how reality can be conveyed and fictionalize via film and theatre, using found objects to represent the old materialistic worldview. Looking at what mechanisms can be utilized and/or if it is possible to signpost a path to an awakening and cultivate a new holistic worldview, presenting the result of this awakening through immersion and emotive experience.


Education:

Chelsea College Of Arts – 2017-2018
Master of Fine Arts

Auckland University – 2003-2005
Bachelor of Visual Arts

Manukau School of Visual Arts – 2002
Certificate of Visual Arts

 

Short Courses

London Sculpture Workshop – February 2017
Pewter Casting/Lost Wax

Central Saint Martins –  February 2017 
Drawing Short Course

The ‘At Work’ Jewellery School – November 2016
Lost Wax Casting

Print Club London – 2015
Print Workshop

 

Residencies:

Berlin Rising, Berlin, Germany, March 2015

Heat Reactive Mural, London, April – September 2014

Speed Of Colour, Long Stories, Perm, Russia, May 2011

North By North Western Festival, Wigan, UK August 2009

 

Awards:

Square Mile Magazine Art Prize, April, 2014

Street Art Oakland, Eyepril Fools Award, April, 2015

 

Gallery Representation:

The Underdog Gallery, London, UK – Original paintings

Well Hung Gallery, London, UK – Original drawings and prints

Stopwatch Gallery, London, UK – Prints

Ben Oakley Gallery, London, UK – Prints

Street Prints New Zealand, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand – Prints

 

Talks:

FLUX Events: New Social Sculpture, The Library, London, 2 May 2018

 

Upcoming Performances:


Black Earth Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, 26 October 2018

 

Performances:

Fountayne Road Open Warehouse Day Festival 2018, Fountayne Road, London, 18th August 2018

Shapeshifter: Years of Denial, Blackmoon1348, Hi-iD, De-UV, The Depot, London, 9th June 2018

ART IN FLUX: Experiments in Media Arts Now, Ugly Duck, London 3 June 2018

SC&P x Proteus w/ Uncanny Valley, Blackmoon1348, Circuit Breaker,  Rye Wax, London, 24 May 2018

IED DK, BlackMoon1348, New River Studios, London, 17 November 2017

Future Exhibitions:

TBC, London, 2019

 

Selected Exhibitions:

Pixelized, MAFA Gallery, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, London, 31 May 2018

Re: Artist’s – Agents of change, MAFA Gallery, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, London, 3 – 4 May 2018

Embracing the Underdog, Q Park, London 18 February 2018

FRIDGE, The Fridge, London, 12 December 2017

CLASH, Siger Gallery, London, 9 – 20 November 2017

PATH, UAL Chelsea College of Arts, London, 19 October 2017

Division, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, 30 June – 23 July 2017

TEDxTottenham, ADA, London, 25 March 2017

Big Deal No 7, Q Park, London 2 – 10 December 2016

Christmas Show, Well Hung Gallery, London, 24 November – 7 December 2016

Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve Charity Exhibition, Ragyard, London 25 November – 1 December 2016

One Year Underground, BSMT Space, London, 8 October – 22 October 2016

Exposed, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, 11 – 14 August 2016

FRESH Mini, Ben Oakley Gallery, London ,4 -7 August 2016

Yami-Ichi, Tate Modern, London, May 20 – 22 2016

Star Wars “The ARTIST Awakens”, The Underdog Gallery, London, 17 December, 2015 – 10 January 2016

FRESH, The Vaults, London, 8 – 13 December 2015

DEATH IN DALSTON, BSMT Space, London, 28 October – 2 November 2015

UNDERHAND , BSMT Space, London, 10 – 25 September 2015

12 x 12, ArtFix, London, 24 – 27 April 2015

Chinese Open – Year Of Sheep, Q Park, London, 23 – 29 February 2015

Phing Thing Charity Exhibition, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, December 2014

Projekt, STS Space, London, 20 November – 1 December 2014

Christmas Show, Well Hung Gallery, London, 12 – 31 December 2014

The Meeting Point, Well Hung Gallery, London, 6 November – 2 December 2014

Self, Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA, 21 September – 21 October 2014

A MASSIVE MINIATURES GROUP SHOW, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, July 31 – August 31 2014

Bespoken , Façade, London, 5 March – 7 March 2014

Open Wall, Façade, London, 26 February – Friday 28 February 2014

Middle Distance, Façade, London, 19 February – Friday 21 February 2014

Out Of The Gutter, Façade, London, 12 February – Friday 14 February 2014

NO FLAKES, Ben Oakley Gallery, London, 13 December 2013 – 31 January 2014

Group Show, Cult Mountain, London, 7 November, 2013 – 4 December 2013

Quanta, Breathing Room, London, 13 October, 2013 – 30 December 2013

Memorabilia Charity Art Exhibition, London, 6-14 July 2013

CONTENTIOUS, London, 15 – 17 March 2013

TEN, Cultivate Gallery, London, 14 – 20 February 2013

BACK IN BLACK, Cultivate Gallery, London, 31 January – 12 February 2013

MUSIKA, Breathing Room, London, 13 October 2012

BOX, Breathing Room, London, 9 June 2012

Rips, Splits, Tears And Drips, Breathing Room, London, 21 April 2012

WOMB, Drop Collective, INSIDE, Blank Space, Manchester, 30 March – 29 April 2012

Urban Curations, Netil House, London, 3 December 2011 – 3 January 2012

Affordable Art Fair, Gallery Violet, London 27 – 30 October 2011

ANIMA MUNDI, London 10 – 11 October 2011

Microscopic Culture, Iowa, USA, September 2011

Silhouette Community Project, Fountayne Head, London, August 2011

Terrace 6th Annual, London, 27 of August 2011

Free Install, Breathing Room, London, 23 June 2011

Light Bite, Light Night 2011, Nottingham, 18 February 2011

Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London, 1 October – 12 November 2010

Cross My Art, Art And Escape Gallery, London, 30 September – 14 October 2010

Take Away, The Outside World Gallery, London,13-15 August 2010

Interrobang, The Book Club, London, 19 July 2010

Drips, Splits, Tears and Rips, Greenwich Picture House, London, 1 May – 30 June 2010

100Sqft 2, Chomley Boys Club, London, 28 February-6 March 2010

MIRROR/WINDOW at LOUIS V. E.S.P, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 28 January 2010

Tate the Biscuit, Shoreditch Townhall Basement, London, 3-6 December 2009

100Sqft , Chomley Boys Club, London, 22-28 November 2010

Identicons, LCC, London, 2-6 November 2009

Impossible Exchange at Frieze Art Fair, London,15 – 18 October 2009

Private View, Black Lab Manchester, 4 October – 1 November 2009

Showcase at Café 1001, London, 30 September 2009

TimeTimeTime at Terrace Studios, London, 5 September 2009

Noise of Art at East End Arts Club, London, September 3 – 20 2009

The Contemporary 5 at Red Gate Gallery, London, 14 – 27 August 2009

North By North Western Festival, Wigan, 1 – 8 August 2009

Going Under Ground at Village Underground, London, 31 of July 2009

 

Press and Publications:

Emergent Art Space, January 2019

https://emergentartspace.org/forum/51239/

Smiles 4 Miles Colouring Books, September 2016
http://smiles4milesbooks.wixsite.com/refugeeaid

ARTICULATE Magazine #7, April 2016

https://issuu.com/articulatecontemporarycandy/docs/_7

Yack Magazine, September 2014

http://yackmagazine.com/2014/09/19/fine-art-friday-jenna-jardine-and-the-heat-reactive-mural/

Harringay Online, September 2014

http://www.harringayonline.com/forum/topics/heat-reactive-wall-mural-in-the-warehouse-district?xg_source=activity

Square Mile Magazine, April 2014

http://www.squaremile.com/magazine/

Shoreditch walls hosed with colour, Shoreditch Street Art Tours Blog, October 2015
shoreditchstreetarttours.co.uk

New Street Art, Febuary 2013

http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Street-Art-Claude-Crommelin/dp/1908126515/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352484390&sr=8-1

The Gentlemans Club, March 2011

http://thegentlemensclub.co/o-v-e-r-g-r-o-u-n-d/

Silent City, March 2011

http://www.silentcity.org.uk

Openned Zine, Issue#3, September 2010

http://opennedpoetry.squarespace.com/epubs/2010/9/4/openned-zine-3.html

EyeLust Magazine, Issue#3, April 2010

http://eyelustmagazine.com/

Susan Magzine, Issue#1, March 2010

http://susanmagazine.co.uk/

Identicons Magazine, November 2009

http://identiconarts.com/

LSD (London Street-Art Design) Magazine, Issue#2, September 2009

http://www.londonstreetartdesign.com/

InLondon Magazine, July 2009

www.inlondon.com

 

Press and Publications(with Drop Collective):

Arhitext Magazine, issue 239, June 2015
http://www.arhitext.com/

Creative Times, April 2012

http://www.creativetimes.co.uk/articles/we-like-inside-blank-media-collective

Creative Tourist, April 2012

http://www.creativetourist.com/news-culture/news-and-blog/event-radar-april-2012

Cultural Shenanigans, April 2012

http://www.culturalshenanigans.co.uk/2012/04/29/inside-at-blankspace/ 

Manchesters Finest, April, 2012

http://www.manchestersfinest.com/arts/inside-exhibition-at-blank-space/

Mancky, March, 2012

http://www.mancky.co.uk/?p=7548

Tendenzroman, March, 2012

http://tendenzroman.tumblr.com/post/20172828489/inside-exhibition