From the mountains of State School to the north of Munich, one Penn State alumnus took his artwork throughout continents to unfold his concepts of masculinity and self-expression.
Following his commencement from Penn State’s College of Visible Arts in 2011, Devan Shimoyama has been pursuing a profession within the arts. He’s at the moment an assistant professor of artwork at Carnegie Mellon College’s College of Artwork.
In his latest exhibition, Shimoyama stated he explores the thought of masculine stereotypes and revises these concepts in a artistic method to in the end counter the themes of vulnerability and resistance.
“All The Rage” — Shimoyama’s solo exhibition — opened June 19 on the Kunstpalais in Erlangen, Germany.
“I don’t know something about Germany [because] I’ve by no means been right here, so I used to be somewhat nervous about how my kind of labor… [is] rooted in identification politics,” Shimoyama stated. “I positively had a dialog with the curator who was interested by having conversations about identification in a spot the place they may not be as essentially forward-thinking in that approach.”
Shimoyama stated he discovered an curiosity in artwork throughout his junior yr at Penn State, which ultimately led him to graduate with a bachelor’s diploma in drawing and portray.
“I used to be a science main for my first two and a half years, after which I switched into artwork,” Shimoyama stated. “I had been doing artwork for my complete life, however I hadn’t been in a position to envision a profession in artwork simply because I hadn’t seen anyone that was doing that.”
Susanne Slavick, artist and curator on the Carnegie Mellon College of Artwork, stated she is happy for Shimoyama to obtain worldwide recognition for his distinctive work.
“Devan’s work is in dialogue with so many nice artists who’re a part of the resurgence of figurative portray — individuals like Kerry James Marshall and Mickalene Thomas — to call only a few,” Slavick stated by way of electronic mail. “He works with a novel mix of a rainbow palette and bodily supplies from drag tradition that embody glitter, rhinestones, silk blooms and extra, in a method that veers between the graphic and painterly.”
She added his exhibition will discover the depths of assorted matters whereas additionally providing visible enchantment.
“The visible attract of his work is celebratory, however his pictures usually communicate to complexities and contradictions regarding race, gender, sexuality, energy and vulnerability,” Slavick stated.
Meiying Thai, artist liaison and exhibitions coordinator at De Buck Gallery in New York, stated Shimoyama’s work holds distinctive creativity.
“Devan’s work has such an necessary message, and on high of that, Devan has this extraordinarily distinctive visible language,” Thai stated. “You have a look at a Devan Shimoyama piece, and that it’s his.”
Shimoyama stated his exhibition will showcase work impressed by interactions along with his buddies.
“Right here at Kunstpalais, it’s all work and drawings truly that I had a really particular give attention to — a physique of labor that felt cohesive,” Shimoyama stated. “I made lots of the brand new work all through the pandemic, so lots of that work comes out with having conversations with my very shut buddies.”
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