Zach McLane is an artist and writer living and working in Los Angeles. His work explores legibility and processes meaning making. It takes shape in essays, videos, and poems. McLane’s research-based practice is grounded critical theory, art history, and film theory. His recent video work uses processes of degradation and repetition as generative tools for meaning. He holds a BA in Narrative Studies from the University of Southern California, where he studied narrative form and contemporary visual culture.


2018, BA, Narrative Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions / Events

2021, Film Community Board, COPY, Web-based

2021, Avant-garde Short Film Festival, Big Day Film Collective, Philadelphia, USA

2021, poetic.GIF, Brick City Gallery at Missouri State University, USA

2021, Small File Media Festival, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA

2021, Cheap Freedom Club, Web-based

2021, "Excerpts from the Writing Machine," at Pillow Lava online lecture marathon, Web-based

2020, Film and Video Poetry Symposium, Los Angeles, USA

2020, Small File Media Festival, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, CA

2019, origins, Toby’s Feed Barn, Point Reyes, USA

2019, OPEN SPACE, Art Works Downtown, San Rafael, USA

2019, 10 Artists to Watch, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, USA

2018, Between Memory + Image, Floating Projects Collective, Hong Kong

2018, Bounce Haus, Private residence, Los Angeles, USA

2017, 100, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


2021, Videography. Documentary Impulses. Our Manifesto, Contributing Artist, Editor.

2020,  Quadrant Field: Marcos Lutyens, Editor, Apr 2020

2020, TIME: Time at the Time of Isolation, Contributing Artist, ART 1307, May 2020, ISBN 9781714896929

2019, “How might a beginning be an opening?” Floating Projects Collective, Mar 2019

2018, “Crossing the Distance Between Reading and Speaking,” Floating Projects Collective, Oct 2018

2018, “Boundary of Invisibility: Degraded Images and Touchscreens,” in PLEXUS, Nov 2018

2017, “Things I Lost,” 100 Zine, May 2017

2016, “Untitled,” nsfw mag, Jan 2016

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