Images have a communicating power that often supersedes the written word and can resonate in the mind long afterward. Throughout history, people have used images to record as well as alter historical events. Whether it be in painting, monuments, photography or video, images presented to the public have often been manipulated to help shape opinions and perceptions according to the artist or patron of the work. Discerning the truth can be a difficult challenge for many viewers, and learning how to read images in context is critical to understanding the motivations behind these artistic creations. Today we are faced with imaging software, from Photoshop, AI and Deep Fakes that present even greater trials to our senses. Being aware of how images have been used in the past, as well as how they are employed today, can help us keep a more objective perspective on both historical and current events.
Brian Flinn is an artist and arts educator whose studio work currently uses a variety of mixed and digital media. His current art is directed at recording and examining personal experience within a series of events happening simultaneously and over segments of time. His work has been exhibited nationally throughout the United States as well as in Germany and Romania. Trained as an illustrator, his artwork often employs multiple narratives and symbolism culled from art history and contemporary culture. He received his BFA in Illustration (1990) and an MS in Art Education (1995) from the University of Bridgeport, and his MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts (1993) in New York. He currently teaches painting, digital art and art education as an Associate Professor of Art at Central Connecticut State University. He is represented by Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, CT and is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.