"He told me that when he was in a Cuban city he saw men pulled out from in front of him mid conversation by police. Others showed with their eyes the action of holding one finger to their lips. If anyone said a word, they would be taken. The eerie possibility of disappearing into a void of punishment would make anyone leave, and he took the next train to a randomly selected village. After arriving he wandered to a man who said, “I have been waiting for you.” This was no man that he knew, nor were the others where the man took him, but a bond gripped them because somehow they felt they had met before. He met the elder, now his godfather, who cast shells onto the dirt before them. The tiny exoskeletons fell into patterns that revealed secrets a conscious mind would find impossible to channel; his spirit animal was said to be a tiger. Shortly after, his godfather asked, “Would you like to become one of us?” “Yes.” A vibrating blur, a collapse of time and space consumed him. Between stages of existence, an initiate pulled through hardships symbolically, having to carry the weight and valor of his new status. Naked, blindfolded, cut, and covered with sticky herbs mingling with his sweat he clenched a raw, and bloodied chicken throat between his teeth. He made decisions he thought he could not. In the end it wasn’t exactly enlightenment, but it was a new perspective to see through. By losing himself, possession of his actions and time, he came to further appreciate struggle and loss. He also learned to take hold of the self and just be. As a reward for his commitment he now had a stronger sense of foresight.

Jeremy Zini is an artist who uses found poetry to build the structure of his artwork. Poetry does not only apply to words, but photographs, and other circumstantial materials that can be manipulated to visually, tangibly, or audibly mimic emotion. Along with using his creative vision impressed upon elements previously existing, he paints with fire. Zini connects to people and objects on a deeply personal level keeping things individualized down to every last business card of his being unique to itself. This is a man who meditates twice a day removing himself from his surroundings just to contemplate them more deeply when he returns. Jeremy is filled with stories, and honest recollections. An inspirational, well-traveled, and kind gentleman it was my great pleasure to have met him.”

 

Paradigm Magazine

 

 

 

Jeremy Zini
 

Born New York, NY, 1981

Lives and works Jersey City, NJ

 

Education

2008

BA, The New School, New York, NY

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017

Published by the Artist, organized by Grayson Cox and Angela Conant, International Print Center of New York, NY
Just Under 100: New Prints 2017, selected by Katherine Bradford, International Print Center of New York, NY

2015

The Editions/Artists' Book Fair, International Print Center of New York, NY
Published by the Artist, organized by Erik Hougen, International Print Center of New York, NY
Lucky 7, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ

2014

Destruction / Violence / Reconstruction, hosted by the Camera Club of New York, organized by Lindsey Castillo, Fryd Frydendahl, Jesse Hlebo, & Jason John Würm, Foley Gallery, New York, NY
MWOW,  Maspeth's World of Wheels, curated by Grayson Cox, Pete Watts, Zefrey Throwell, Siebren Versteeg, Elizabeth Ferry, Michael Merck, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
It's a Bored Nation, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
The Invitational, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY

2013

Social Photography III, Carriage Trade, New York, NY
The Ex-Photo Show, Praxedis Guerrero, New York, NY

2011

Social Photography II, Carriage Trade, New York, NY
A Place To Which We Can Come, curated by Serra Sabuncuoglu, St. Cecilia’s Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Silent Art Auction for Japan Tsunami Earthquake Disaster Relief, curated by Nozomi Rose, CUNY LaGuardia, Long Island City, NY
Snap To Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

2010

One Case Silent Auction for Breast Cancer, Milk Gallery, New York, NY

2008

Y Cuando el Dinosaurio Despertó, la Quiñonera, Mexico City, Mexico

2006

Art New York Open Studios, The New School, New York, NY

 

Bibliography

2017

Spank Bank, published by Paradigm Publishing

2014

Paradigm Vol. I: Genesis, published by Paradigm Publishing

2013

Social Photography III, published by Carriage Trade

2012

Everything That Came Before, Paradigm Magazine, June 25th

2011

An Afternoon With…, May 22nd