Insert Blanc Press

John Zane Zappas
Saturday, February 7 - Sunday, April 5, 2015
Opening Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm

Outside Gallery
Insert Blanc Press General Projects
2806 1/2 Lincoln Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Please join us for the inaugural opening of Outside Gallery with an exhibition of new work by John Zane Zappas. Outside Gallery, a project of Insert Blanc Press General Projects is curated by Chris Niemi & Mathew Timmons and seeks to create a new exhibition platform, literally outside in the side/front yard of our house in Lincoln Heights. Exploring the differences between institutional sculpture gardens and the kind of aesthetic space many people have access to in their own front yard, Outside Gallery provides a new space for contemporary art.

N U S T A C H U S by John Zane Zappas 
features new site-sensitive sculptures and drawings on aluminum. Zappas’ objects shift one’s focus from what an element represents to how it operates. Relying on the materiality of recognizable objects while resisting their utility, objects become values, fetishes, idols… The work is not about resolution, but resides in a space where there is nothing to decode—an empty stage for fleeting moments of being. Zappas firmly believes that knowledge can be revealed through the act of making and he works to move from the familiar to the ambiguous with a dizzying lack of distinction between humor and solemnity.


John Zane Zappas (b. Torrance, 1985) received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Primetime and Good Weather. In 2012 he participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


Oil stick on aluminium.
18" x 12"
(also see John Zane Zappas drawing edition from Insert Blanc)



Flower 2015
Masticated Flaming Hot Cheetos, Elmer's Glue, armature, and carved particle board plinth.
71" x 20" x 24"


Carved and torched palm wood.
47" x 10" x 10"

Wide Throne
Concrete, wood, and metal mesh.
89" x 102"" x 30"



Installation Images

Written by Mathew Timmons — January 26, 2015