Artist Statement - Joshua Reiman
My work deals with themes of personal and cultural identity through conceptual and material inquiry. I am interested in how a fictional or historical narrative can frame or scaffold an artwork, and how that operates for my audience. I seek to execute thoughtful physical objects and cinematic experiences that instigate phenomenological reflective moments for my audience.
My artistic praxis often stands at the crossroads of theatrical simulation and playing with assumptions imbued within stereotypes embedded within everyday life. I often use iconic figures from art, history, and politics within my work to anchor new narratives at the junction of where reality and fiction meet. My work involves transforming realities and non-realities into a visual hybridization or synthesis of what is real, fake and imagined. Exploration and the search act as the entry point for my research and stories I wish to tell.