Michael Zansky: Dance of the Cuckoos
Michael Zansky's exhibition, aptly paired with The Art of Video Games, includes paintings as well as sculptures in motion magnified by optical lenses. The exhibition is named after the loopy theme song of comic duo Laurel and Hardy and reflects the artist's darkly funny view of the predicaments of life. Like a video game programmer, Zansky makes use of popular culture and is concerned with quandaries and puzzles; science and storytelling.
Einstein famously proclaimed that "God does not play dice with the universe" but in Zansky's absurd tragic-comic world, games of chance are constantly being played. Quantum Physics posits the existence of infinite yet skewed parallel universes, so in Zansky's view, slapstick comedians join theoreticians of Western Civilization and prehistoric creatures to ponder the inscrutability of the universe. The use of optics, illusion, and movie characters is particularly fitting, as Zansky has had a long career as a scenic artist for film and television.
Like many video games such as the Panzer Dragoon series and Mass Effect, his work includes apocalyptic visions, fantastic landscapes, and human and animal hybrids.