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Some Passions

Updated: Feb 28, 2022

Works by Joshua Reiman

February 4-26, 2022

Central Gallery

Artist Statement

Joshua Reiman is a sculptor and filmmaker. His films deal with themes of exploration, artistic expression, race, nature, and contextual inquiry. His short films offer an array of lush landscapes with characters that guide audiences through layered conceptual ideas about art, history, and popular culture.

Within a spatial sculptural practice, I seek to produce thoughtful physical objects, installations, and cinematic experiences that instigate reflective moments for an audience. I work with themes of personal and cultural identity through conceptual and material inquiry. I assess how fictional or historical narratives can frame or scaffold an artwork.

Through experiential learning, my practice stands at a crossroads of theatrical simulation and challenging the assumptions imbued within stereotypes embedded within everyday life. I often use iconic figures from art, history, and politics within to anchor new narratives at the junction of absurdity, where reality and fiction meet. My work involves transforming realities and magical realism into a visual hybridization or synthesis of what is real, fake and imagined.

Joshua Reiman’s Reading List

Books in relation to works in the exhibition:

On Time and Water

by Andri Snær Magnason, 2019

Haraldsdóttir (Ísland: To Place)

By Roni Horn, 1996

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

By Edmund Burke, 1757

The Importance of Being Iceland, Travel Essays in Art

By Eileen Myles, 2009

Documents of Contemporary Art: The Sublime

Edited by Simon Morley, 2010

Weatherbeaten, Winslow Homer and Maine

Edited by Thomas A. Denenberg; With essays by Kenyon Bolton, Erica E. Hirshler, James F. O'Gorman, and Marc Simpson, 2012

Landscapes of Fear

By Yi-Fu Tuan, 2013

The Critique of Judgment

By Immanuel Kant, 1790

While We've Still Got Feet

By David Budbill, 2005

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