I have spent the past decade traveling throughout the country visiting museums, large cities, small towns, national parks, civil war battlefields, assassination sites, graveyards, and national monuments. I am a lifelong student of the vast profundity of American music as well as a glutton for American history, literature, western painting, film, comic strips, and cartoons; all of which have consumed my nights and days. All of these interests and practices have influenced and inspired me to make American images and tell American stories. From Woody Guthrie to Woody Allen straight through to Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan I’m fascinated by the American story and I’m committed to joining the conversation of American artists and raconteurs.
Greil Marcus, the American author, music journalist and cultural critic writes, “There is no theme richer for the American artist than the spirit and the themes of the country and the country's history. We have never figured out what this place is about or what it is for, and the only way to even begin to answer those questions is to watch our movies, read our poets, our novelists, and listen to our music... America is the life's work of American artists because they are doomed to be American.”
My bespectacled, bearded, and slightly balding protagonist fills his heart with the vision of Walt Whitman’s America only to get sucker punched by Philip Roth’s and Peter Saul’s America. But he continues with deepening resolve on his journey in hopes of figuring out the question of what it means to be American.
Artist Bio / CV
Brian Cirmo earned his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the State University of New York at Albany where he studied with renowned painter and curator Mark Greenwold. While completing graduate study at the University Brian was awarded a Graduate Teacher Assistantship, and the Distinguished Master of Fine Arts Award. Brian Cirmo’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including: Charles Krause reporting Fine Art Gallery, Washington DC, The Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany; Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Museum Utica; Green Gallery , Brooklyn; Saratoga County Arts Council, Saratoga; and Rochester Contemporary Arts Center. His work is held in the artist slide registries at The Drawing Center and Nurture Art Gallery in New York City. He was awarded the Times Union Juror award by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns Gallery in New York, and the University at Albany Purchase Award at the 2009 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibition. Brian is currently Adjunct Professor of Art at The College of Saint Rose and Sage College of Albany in Albany, New York.