Come out and put your painting skills to practice and be a part of creating a new large scale Zedist masterpiece along with the artist in a directed group effort. In an over-sized paint-by-numbers artist-directed project, the artist assigns unique colors to pre-drawn interconnected triangular facets upon the mural’s surface which then get filled in by willing participants. No previous painting experience or supplies are needed…just follow the leader’s instructions for an amazing and inspiring result.
James Yuransky’s abstract artwork is done in a style called Zedism. The root word Zed is simply another way of pronouncing the letter Z. In basic geometry, the letter “Z” is used to represent the third dimension (Z-axis) of the Cartesian coordinate system. The style of Zedism is therefore distinguished by the use of a Z-axis projecting from the canvas plane and the incorporation of imagery within that projection. The artist typically uses multi-sided geometric objects such as pyramids, tetrahedrons, and other complex crystalline forms to give the illusion of a three-dimensional surface structure (called a morphology) being sculpted onto the picture plane. This “virtual” projection creates the illusion of a crystalline surface protruding from the picture plane which is then utilized to construct imagery chosen by the artist. Crystalline forms and complex patterns are abundant in nature—Zedism employs these forms to create an aesthetic balance that combines nature’s hidden language and cosmic patterns with different subjects chosen by the artist. A successful Zedist piece presents an aesthetic competition and/or synergy between the subject matter and underlying geometry for the forefront of the viewer’s perception.
“Painting live with the help of a steady stream of eager volunteers allows my work to flow more spontaneously. I can concentrate more on the bigger picture of accurately creating a 3D Zedeist surface using different colors and hues while also rendering the subject matter and getting others involved in my creative process really has its own rewards beyond the work itself on a very human level”