February 10-24, 2017
Gallery hours: Fridays,10am-4pm
Opening reception: Friday, February 17th, 6-8pm
Wyoming Distance deals with the themes of memory, loss, and distance primarily through allusions to the vast landscape of Wyoming, seen through a prism of diagrammatic line. The diagrams are based upon civil engineering drawings executed by artist Stefan Zoller’s paternal grandfather, J. Harold Zoller in the mid-1940’s. Harold Zoller’s premature death before Stefan was born created a void that, in part, prompted this body of work. Through tracing, transferring, and transforming these drawings, the artist finds a way to connect and communicate with his grandfather.
Wyoming Distance, though strongly referencing Zoller’s own family narrative, is a dedication to the universal experience of separation and loss. These works provide viewers the opportunity to experience and honor the landscape of their own memories and serve as a memorial for whom they have loved and lost.
Stefan Zoller was born and raised in rural Western New York where he earned his BA in Studio Art from Houghton College in 2008. He worked as a studio assistant to the renowned painter Thomas S. Buechner for two years before earning his MFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 2016. Zoller currently lives and works in Syracuse where he teaches painting and drawing at Syracuse University and Utica College.