Tom Sawyer Wears a Business Suit
Zokaites’s work investigates themes of adventure, childhood and play, while utilizing fabrication and assembly methods inspired by industrial processes. This combination of play and industry creates distinctive works of art that activate the surrounding industrial environment and encourage audience participation. In his thesis exhibition, Tom Sawyer Wears a Business Suit, Zokaites has produced large-scale forms that simultaneously interrupt and compliment the Step Gallery’s industrial architecture. Unabashedly repurposing woven seatbelt webbing, Zokaites makes reference to pivotal industrial developments while presenting a circus-like environment that begs for playful exploration. If Tom Sawyer is to Henry Ford as a business suit is to a pair of stilts, then you can imagine the sort of opposites Zokaites is fusing together in this exhibition.