These works examine fantasies and fears about the Other through depictions of everyday queer black and white male experiences. The paintings and sculptures contend with wobbliness of contemporary American life and shows quotidian scenes that reveal intimacies too often overlooked for gay males. Landscape unifies much of the work, as nature is a multilayered space: the topography, morphology and geology is a space where humans can project personal and quotidian drama. Consequently, this exhibition asks viewers to ponder: who deserves the American dream? Through glitzy materials and shiny surfaces, beauty becomes the parallel to the messiness of being male, but also being human.
About the Artists:
Devan Shimoyama earned his BFA in Drawing/Painting from Pennsylvania State University in 2011 and his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University School of Art in 2014. He has held multiple solo and group exhibitions and was the 2016 recipient of the PULSE prize at PULSE Miami Beach. He currently lives in Pittsburgh where he is the Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ferrell earned his BFA in Painting from Pennsylvania State University in 2014 and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016. He lives and works in Pittsburgh where he is an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the U.S. and Canada.