Conor Backman’s first solo museum exhibition will feature paintings, assemblages, and sculptures completed within the last five years. Lushly depicted fruit trees, tinted glass panels, cast-resin orange peels, and cross-sectioned paint cans all play a role in Backman’s deft investigations into the history of materiality and illusionistic space in realist painting. His most recent paintings, while rooted in the romantic natural world of the 19th-century Hudson River School, include ready-made elements that disrupt the picture plane with contemporary concerns related to perception and the idea that we live in a world made newly flat through unlimited access to information.
Conor Backman received BFAs in Painting and Printmaking and Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.