Juxtaposition and Jest

There is juxtaposition; there is jest. Scaffolded by spectator-based features like observation, empathy, and humor, Joshua Reiman’s works seem to navigate the space between both. Nearly every piece viewed prompts, provokes, or implores its observers to come to terms with some version of “truthiness”. It’s quite fascinating, entertaining even. Reiman challenges his audience (sometimes participants) to examine their own pre-conceived assumptions of the world, its history, its structure so that they might begin to consider possible outcomes. By augmenting literary rhetoric (i.e irony, aphorism, satire etc.) with interaction and observation, Reiman buillds confrontation out of visual language, double-takes out of our own hollow assumptions.Why do those objects work the ways in which they are depicted? Why do those questions that enter first as innocuous counter-intuitives that later resonate deeply within us?

Simple—Reiman has perfected the art of “critical suggestion”.


source for my “Lord T & Eloise” comment during the lecture


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