Lives and works in Ithaca, NY
Joshua Reiman constructs narratives in his work that speak to the human condition, and the desire to achieve and experience great things. These narratives also explore the path to these great things, which are often strewn with tragic failures. In his site-specific project A Brief Inquiry, 2010, Reiman constructs a hauntingly beautiful, experiential 4-channel film-to-video installation constructed around the concept of The Sublime and the way the term has become a cliché in the everyday vernacular. Filmed on location in Iceland, Reiman’s film portrays the quintessential explorer on the quest to discover The Sublime. Utterly caught up in his obsession, he fails to see that he is in fact surrounded by what he seeks, and viewers are invited to experience his less-than-triumphant expedition into the unknown.
On view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
To hear the artist’s audio statement, click the audio player below: