Robert Josiah Bingamen

The scenes I paint are chosen out of a desire to regain the satisfaction I once associated with the subjects depicted. Lately, I am drawn to America’s designated vistas, the resorts that surround them, and the suburban homes that were dreamt to replicate their pleasures. Specifically, I am interested in the appearance of these places—and how they were built. I desire the experiences they promise without cynicism. Whereas the American Transcendalists narrowed the gap between image and original experience by mastering illusionistic means, I aim to do the same by trading plastic for plastic, flat for flat.

Artist-in-residence from 2013 to 2015.