We Are Who We Pretend to Be
Titled after Kurt Vonnegut’s cautionary quote, “We Are Who We Pretend to Be” opens Saturday, November 10th at WWA Gallery and features ten diverse painters and mixed media artists manipulating and questioning notions of identity and reality.
An artist’s identity will inevitably make itself known in an artist’s work. With the creative process, there is a symbiotic relationship between the finished work and the artist that makes it, from their interest in subject matter to stylistic choices and execution to presentation. These artists present us with versions of reality, and ask us to question our own.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Justin Bloomer studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France and spent the 90s inking for comic books and animation. Bloomer cites Classical European painting, Pulp Fiction Cover Art, Victorian Children's illustrators and Contemporary Lowbrow as influences for his images of the fantastic, mysterious and beautiful.
Nicole Bruckman draws inspiration from children’s fairy tales and National Geographic to create fantastical scenes of human and animal interaction. Environmental issues are at the heart of Bruckman’s paintings that are meticulously composed and presented in carefully selected vintage frames.
Vincent Cacciotti’s visionary oil paintings capture figures suspended in opposing worlds: living and dreaming, pain and ecstasy, death and rebirth. The influences of Contemporary Surrealists Vladimir Kush, Gil Brevel and Peter Gric are easily noticeable in Cacciotti’s scenes that explore the unconsciousness.
David Chung employs vibrant colors and wacky characters to explore themes that reflect his own unique and personal experiences. With an off-beat sense of humor, Chung’s art is a commentary on the inevitable misfortunes and humiliation that accompany life in the 21st century.
Unlike most artists, Evan Cummiskey rarely knows what his final image will be and relies solely on intuition and spontaneity to guide his creative process. Cummiskey pulls imagery from chance strokes and layers abstract designs to guide chaos into softly lit apocalyptic scenes and surreal environments.
Joachim Knill is a multidisciplinary artist whose expertise includes video, film, photography, sculpture, and painting. Not bound to any single art form, Knill’s current work in photography juxtaposes sculpture and mixed media installation for intriguing dreamscapes.
Bethany Marchman employs traditional oils to compose paintings that evoke the Renaissance and speak of the changes we experience as individuals and as a society today. Marchman creates parallels between innocence and influence, history and popular culture, to question whether growth is synonymous with improvement.
Growing up in New York City, Lou Pimentel found inspiration in the pages of comic books and the vibrant graffiti scene. Having honed his artistic skills at the prestigious School of Visual Arts in NYC, Pimentel’s work in oil, acrylic, spray paint, water colors and sculpture is an exciting mix of Old Master techniques with Street Art sensibilities.
Allison Reimold is a highly skilled painter who graduated Otis College of Art and Design with a BA in Illustration. Currently working as a freelance artist, Reimold captivates viewers with beautifully rendered narratives that feel rooted in fables and folklore.
Jophen Stein’s distinct style of character based art, coined The Snootson Family Showcase (SFSC), plays with metaphors both personal and political with irony and humor. Misfit superheroes, sailors, emperors, cowboys and more have found their way into Stein’s paintings with unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur.