Zero-Craft Corp. is an experimental studio engaging with art and design as highly compatible disciplines. ZCC was founded by Mark Dineen and Michael Neville in 2015.
In March of 2017, Zero-Craft Corp. collaborated with the entire 3rd grade class at Bennett Elementary School in southwest Detroit as Schara Artists/Designers in Residence. Through daily workshops, ZCC introduced Bennett Elementary students to the design process and contemporary modes of art making. ZCC and their young collaborators produced over a dozen sculptures during their week together.
The sculptures produced with Bennett Elementary students are composed of stacked construction materials. Borrowing production strategies from Detroit’s manufacturing industry, each class of students was split into small groups and challenged to build several iterations of a tower using a specific kit of parts. Each kit was identical, yet interchangeable, and was designed and prepared by ZCC. Each group reached a consensus as to what arrangement was the most visually interesting to them and then committed to this form by wrapping the object in plaster gauze. The objects were finally painted and “documented” through drawings.
“produceriZm” is a presentation of the complete body of work created in response to ZCC’s experience as Schara Artists/Designers in Residence. During the months following the residency, ZCC developed editions of screen prints and small sculptures that observe a similar “identical, yet interchangeable” nod to manufacturing strategies used by the Bennett Elementary students.
The pieces from this exhibition will be shipped promptly after the closing on September 30th, 2017