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Brian Cirmo
updated: 05/28/2014
website: briancirmo.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Square
Circle
Cone
Angle
Miner
The Head
Beam Me Up
Hole
The Machine
Pious
Lead
Closing In
Trickle Down
Like A Rock
Sleepy Buffering
 
Portfolio Keywords:  narrative, landscape, figurative, cartoon
 
 
Square by Brian Cirmo
Square
pencil on paper
2013
10 " x  8 " 
Circle by Brian Cirmo
Circle
pencil on paper
2013
10 " x  8 " 
Cone by Brian Cirmo
Cone
pencil on paper
2013
8 " x  10 " 
Angle by Brian Cirmo
Angle
pencil on paper
2013
10 " x  8 " 
Miner by Brian Cirmo
Miner
pencil on paper
2013
10 " x  8 " 
The Head by Brian Cirmo
The Head
pencil on paper
2013
10 " x  8 " 
Beam Me Up by Brian Cirmo
Beam Me Up
pencil on paper
2013
10 " x  8 " 
Hole by Brian Cirmo
Hole
pencil on paper
2013
10 " x  8 " 
The Machine by Brian Cirmo
The Machine
pencil on paper
2013
10" x  8" 
Pious by Brian Cirmo
Pious
pencil on paper
2013
8" x  10" 
Lead by Brian Cirmo
Lead
pencil on paper
2013
10 " x  8 " 
Closing In by Brian Cirmo
Closing In
pencil on paper
2013
8 " x  10 " 
Trickle Down by Brian Cirmo
Trickle Down
pencil on paper
2013
8" x  10" 
Like A Rock by Brian Cirmo
Like A Rock
pencil on paper
2013
8" x  10" 
Sleepy Buffering by Brian Cirmo
Sleepy Buffering
pencil on paper
2013
8" x  10" 

Artist Statement

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briancirmo@yahoo.com 

  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.

 This series of drawings titled Black finds my protagonists in destitute environments, “Where black is the color, and none is the number” (Dylan). The pressure to survive, to provide, to perform, to succeed, and to protect is closing in on them. The businessman, the proletariat, the artist, losers and winners, insomniacs and maniacs, pacifists and militants are all fitted, manipulated, and forced into conformation.

It’s black in there, time is running out, and it’s too hard to sleep.

Artist Bio / CV

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briancirmo@yahoo.com

Brian Cirmo received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the State University of New York at Albany where he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship and the Distinguished Master of Fine Arts Award.  At the 2009 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Exhibition Cirmo was the recipient of the Times Union juror award and the University at Albany Purchase award. He has lectured and exhibited nationally in numerous galleries and museums including: Kellogg University Art Gallery at Cal Poly University, Pomona, CA, The Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University in Tiffin, OH, Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery in Washington, DC, Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, LA, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Museum in Utica, NY, Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga, NY, Green Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, NY. Cirmo was the featured artist in the 2013 winter edition of the Denver literary magazine Gambling the Aisle. He lives and works in Albany, NY.