Description: This presentation explores how images from ancient artworks to contemporary photography and video, are used to create and disperse specific narratives and opinions to an audience that is often unwitting of the manipulation involved. We will look at how “fake news” and historical fiction have been used throughout history to persuade viewers to believe in accounts of events that are designed to benefit the creators of such content, and we’ll explore the degree to which visual language influences and shapes our opinions. Discussion will also involve the repercussions that image manipulation has in our culture and how susceptible we are to these alterations of history and contemporary events.
Bio: Brian Flinn is an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at CCSU. He teaches courses in Advanced Painting, Illustration, and Digital Art as well as courses in Art Education Theory and Practice and Issues in Art Education. 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. His studio work features a large component of digital collage and mixed media, and his art has been featured in exhibitions across the United States and internationally. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, National Art Educators Association, and is represented by the Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut where his last exhibition, “Circumnavigation” was shown in the fall of 2021.