Zaki Christ: Nothing But Mammals

831 Cypress Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90065
Apr 23, 6 PM - 9 PM — ends May 28, 2022
la BEAST gallery is thrilled to announce the first solo show by painter and sculptor Zaki Christ. The exhibition takes place in his childhood playground—the flowing canyons of Cypress Park, Los Angeles.

Aptly titled Nothing But Mammals, the work encapsulates the artist’s deep fascination with herd mentality through a series of large-scale paintings and sculptures. Abstracted buffalo are placed in stark contrast to wall-mounted sculptures of ethereal whale bellies. Christ transforms the space using the dichotomy of water and land. As one peers at the underbellies of a pod of whales, a herd of buffalo simultaneously parade across the opposite wall.

Nothing But Mammals is largely comprised of works created in 2022 and it represents the culmination of a project started by the artist nearly 15 years ago. Christ is intrigued by the ideas of groupthink and its manifestations, reflecting, “we as a society operate under the same conditions as other communal animals. We can’t help but require the group to make us feel whole. Herd mentality is an underpinning to our existence. This idea follows me like a shadow…”

Enchanted by the aforementioned animals since childhood, Christ tells us that his “fixation with these creatures is not just curiosity. I see these fellow mammals as undeniable counterparts to mankind.” Drawing parallels between the animal kingdom and human civilization, Christ’s chaotic paintings and monochromatic sculptures offer striking visual commentary. Christ shines a light on the vulnerability placed on individual beings. The safety of the collective provides a sense of well-being in both the wilds of nature, and the daily chaos of human life.

Zaki Christ (b.1987 Los Angeles, California) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received his BFA from Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of multiple grants in the Arts. Christ has exhibited in numerous group shows in Los Angeles including: H Kazan Gallery, Fischer Gallery, The Brewery, and The Fold. Christ has erected various large scale murals in his home town of Los Angeles. Christ’s work is in numerous private collections.