Visual Arts Program

Friday, May 4, 2012 — Friday, June 29, 2012

Joshua Reiman

Can't Stop Reiman

Joshua Reiman - <em>Can't Stop Reiman</em>
Joshua Reiman - <em>Can't Stop Reiman</em>
Joshua Reiman - <em>Can't Stop Reiman</em>
Joshua Reiman - <em>Can't Stop Reiman</em>
Joshua Reiman - <em>Can't Stop Reiman</em>

Co-curated by John Massier and Cori Wolff

Opening reception, Friday, May 4, 2012, 8pm
Artist's talk, Friday, May 4, 8pm.

Exhibition continues through June 29.

Can't Stop Reiman is a selected survey exhibition of sculptural and video work by Joshua Reiman, from 1998 to the present. Reiman has previously exhibited in Buffalo in 2010, as part of the regional survey project Beyond/In Western New York 2010: Alternating Currents. On that occasion, Reiman exhibited a new 4-channel work at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. For this exhibition, co-curators John Massier (of Hallwalls) and Cori Wolff (from Buffalo Arts Studio) are revisiting works first encountered during a 2009 studio visit with the artist.

While many works often include performance elements—particularly with the artist or others performing for the camera—Reiman's finished works are compelling visual dissertations that collapse numerous ideas into images and objects that can be said (like his Arctic explorer character featured in the Albright installation) to be searching for varying tangents of The Sublime.

Popular culture, history, colonialism, heroism, rock and roll, and modern art all collapse into a boyish and exuberant exploration of identity, manhood, and cultural meaning. As such, Can't Stop Reiman will touch upon all these tangents and the characters inhabiting the exhibition will range from George Washington and his Revolutionary Army, reconceived as a contemporary basketball team; Blackbeard and his pirate dreams; Michael Jackson Pollock, the hypothetical progeny of distinct superstars; David Lee Roth(ko); and the spirit of Joseph Beuys encapsulated in a 1963 Chevy Impala.

Amid the overt regurgitation of popular culture, Reiman often finds space for subtle and often poignant reflection, as in The People, a Super 8 film in which a Native American actor dreams of being caught in a web of stereotypes until he emerges in a Washington Redskins uniform to roam the Plains. It is a work as subtle as much as other works are bright and full of surface bling.

Joshua Reiman is a trans-disciplinary artist working simultaneously in sculpture, film, video, and photography. His work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States, and has been included in group shows in Germany and Estonia. He has been an artist in residence at SIM Reykjavik, Iceland, The Ucross Foundation, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Skulpturen Park Berlin, and the 7 Below Arts Initiative to name a few. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art New England, The Kansas City Star, The Buffalo News, 7 Days Vermont, and various other newspapers and blogs. He received an MFA from Syracuse University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Josh is currently a visiting faculty member at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.

Some publications related to this event:
Joshua Reiman: Can't Stop Reiman - 2012