Jeff Zischke


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Jeff Zischke is an artist and designer who explores the cutting edge of sculpture, public art, mixed media and urban transformation. His permanent and temporary projects draw inspiration from organic shapes and modern technology. Using materials from bamboo to plastics, steel and computer controlled LED light fixtures, he creates interactive installations that respond to nature as well as the urban environment. His sculptural environments invite residents to form a personal and dynamic relationship with the art and the place. Each project becomes tied to its environment through the use of local materials and working processes, strengthening community connections.
He has participated in many artist residencies in a variety of towns and cities, including: Belgrade, Serbia, Passy, France, Lucknow, India, Puget-Rostang, France and Ann Arbor, Michigan, creating temporary artworks and installations. Zischke’s work is collected globally with selected collections that include: The City of Nicosia, Cyprus, L’Eco-Musee; Puget-Rostang, France, HAC Gallery: Kobe Japan, The City of Detroit, Michigan, SRP Headquarters, Phoenix, AZ and the cities of Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe, Arizona. Zischke’s art and design work have been displayed at the Salone Del Mobile in Milan, Italy, The Guggenheim Museum in New York City and Bilbao, Spain as well as The Designers Block, London, England and with the Core77 world design awards.
Peripheral View, 2015
Is a series of blurred high contrast images that are printed on clear film and installed at various locations in the scattered green and umber undergrowth of the forest environment at I-Park. These specters depict native and foreign beasts, human and non human animals and random-seeming objects all set into motion at the feather touch of consciousness.
The art installation is ephemeral in time, nature and in memory. The pieces were meant to last a short period of time as they are printed with water based inks on clear acetate film. The images themselves are blurry and ethereal suspended on hair thin monofilament, fluttering at the knifes edge of perception.
I’ve created these forest phantoms near bosky shadowed sapling arbors to slow the viewer down and allow these transitional images to come into the peripheral view when you don’t expect it.
For more information about Jeff and his works, please visit his website at www.jeffzischke.com.

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