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MIKE MANDEL
CHANTAL ZAKARI
2018
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STRATEGIC
PLANNING
2017
INTRODUCTION
 

The term “Strategic Plan” originated in the military but since the 70s it has been a staple of every university, liberal arts college, and even small art schools. It functions as a promise for positive change along with improvements for the institution’s immediate future. This body of work is a collection of flags that combines the traditional pomp and circumstance of academia with business nomenclature widely used within the academic industry. 

The designs of these pennants, sailing burgees and medieval gonfalons are a study of vexillography layered with visual elements from various historical periods. Collected on internet clipart sites, the vernacular imagery points to a hollow vocabulary: "SWOT" for strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats; "Competitive Landscape"; "Synergy"; "Global Imperative"; "Innovation Catalyst"; "Leadership Workshop"… At a time when an increasing number of small colleges are under financial stress due to a shrinking student population caused by enormous increases in tuition, these art objects stand as reminders of the true ideals of higher education that are at risk.

 

The accompanying artist’s book, A Catalog of Flags, is designed in the style of a product catalog. Here, the banners are seen within context, in college specific spaces such as faculty offices, dorm rooms, libraries and art studios while the text points to a business logic that is often not applicable to art education. 

This exhibition and artist’s book was generously supported by a Faculty Research Grant from Tufts University.

See companion piece:

Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning

50x60 gonfalon. Denier nylon applique banner.

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Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning

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Synergy
Synergy

18x40 felt pennant

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SWOT
SWOT

6 inch woven fine detailed patch

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SWOT
SWOT

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Funded Growth Through Debt
Funded Growth Through Debt

24x65 gonfalon. Denier nylon applique banner.

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Funded Growth Through Debt
Funded Growth Through Debt

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Sustainability
Sustainability

18x12 burgee. Embroidery on double nylon.

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Sustainability
Sustainability

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Global Imperative
Global Imperative

18x40 felt pennant

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Innovation & Creativity
Innovation & Creativity

8x10 friendship pennant. Digital print on polyester.

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Innovation & Creativity
Innovation & Creativity

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Competitive Landscape
Competitive Landscape

18x40 felt pennant

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Leadership Workshop
Leadership Workshop

40x50 gonfalon. Denier nylon applique banner.

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Leadership Workshop
Leadership Workshop

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Leadership Workshop
Leadership Workshop

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Institutional Governance
Institutional Governance

18x40 felt pennant

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Niche School
Niche School

2 inch challenge coin (front)

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Resilient Design
Resilient Design

2 inch challenge coin (back)

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Innovation Catalyst
Innovation Catalyst

18x12 burgee. Embroidery on double nylon.

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Innovation Catalyst
Innovation Catalyst

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Cultural Engagement
Cultural Engagement

40x40 gonfalon. Denier nylon applique banner.

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Cultural Engagement
Cultural Engagement

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Programmatic Synergies
Programmatic Synergies

18x40 felt pennant

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Accreditation
Accreditation

18x40 felt pennant

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Cogent Message
Cogent Message

18x18 etched plexiglass

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COLLECTION OF OBJECTS
 
EXHIBITIONS

2019

Mesa Community College Art Gallery, Threaded, Mesa, AZ

Juried by Maria-Elisa Heg, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and

Mark Newport, Cranbrook Academy of Art

Carnation Contemporary, On The Tip Of My Tongue, Portland, OR

2018

Kingston Gallery, Strategic Planning, Boston, MA

Allegheny College, Strategic Planning, Meadville, PA

curated by Paula Burleigh, Allegheny College Art Gallery Curator

ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

MEADVILLE, PA   |   NOVEMBER 2018

 
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS
BOSTON ART REVIEW
Chantal Zakari Raises A Warning Flag

by Jameson Johnson, January, 2018

 

BOSTON GLOBE

Chantal Zakari Turns Pennants into Red Flags

by Cate McQuaid, January 17, 2018 

MONDAY MORNING ART TALK

MeadvilleCalendar

Meadville Calendar talks to Raven Clark, a student at Allegheny 

 

KINGSTON GALLERY BLOG

Brandy C. Topher interviews Chantal Zakari about her new work

June 20, 2017