“This is an important show for me. I’ll tell you why. In 1979, I had the luck to be recommended to have a show at the Morris Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in the Frank Furness Temple of Art. I was 41 years old. I considered the exposition a mid-career retrospective. It was a gas, a crazy time. A parade of South Streets launched the show, everybody brought food in one room of the museum, we had performances and dancing.
And it got reviewed, one of the reviews said it was if we were in a Mexican Restaurant and some way everything was turned upside down and spilled out everywhere. Another spoke of the exhibit not as art but a volcanic eruption or vomit, still another felt that my suite of self-portraits were horrible as if I had one finger in an electric socket while the other hand drew! My family and friends were appalled but I loved the poetry of it, to have such a tribute, a lava flow, an electrical storm turning the world upside down. But I could not trust that I was that good an artist. I have since then aspired to be that forced of nature and now 1979-2017 I’m getting closer to the Lava Flow with this group of small works stimulated by Michelle and Henry asking me to participate in the HOUSEGallery series. I’m getting closer, closer and closer. I hope I never get there.” Isaiah Zagar 2017