Zack Dougherty - Artist Interview Series - Electric Objects

Zack Dougherty

Portland, Oregan
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“Augmenting reality, Zack transplants classical sculptures into barren scenes to create hyperrealistic moments that toy with our perception of what is real versus fabricated.”

— Alex, Electric Objects
Can we see a picture of your workspace and/or desktop?
What do you watch/listen to while working?

This last year I listened to the music playing around the shop and the sweet sound of a power tools. Also Death Grips.

What have you been working on lately?

Lately have been experimenting with a 6-axis robotic arm named Boris. She is amazing.

Whose work do you follow?
What tools do you use in your work?

As for software -- C4D has been my main software for the past two years. Agisoft - aftereffects - pftrack - ptgui - zbrush are the ones that get used most.

Just started using rhino//grasshopper and in love. Cameras, tripods, mounts, laser cutter, robots, shopbot, drills, screw drivers...all the things you find in a metal/woodshop (courtesy of the wonderful Spencer Staley.)

Can you tell us about your process?

Experiment, and then attempt to focus on something. Wish I had one.

Any last advice for the folks just starting out?

Listen to yourself. Learn how to organize your computer files. and most of all don't take advice from me.

Top Five Most Influential Visuals

2 pictures of extraterrestrial things, 2 of terrestrial things and 1 of what ever can fit in between.

Favorite file formats?


What are the best places to see your work?
What sites do you visit for inspiration?

I used to use tumblr quite often.

What are your favorite galleries, museums, exhibits, etc.?
What work of yours are you most proud of?

Hopefully something I make tomorrow.

Thanks for the interview,