Craig Freeman’s newest show, Cartoon Nihilism is up at Gallery 707 in Pittsburgh now through February 17th. Cartoon Nihilism explores themes of depression, suicide and nihilism through the cartoon world.
By appropriating and recontextualizing cartoon imagery, what was once known as being innocent or humorous now becomes cynical and absurd. With large works of oil on canvas and small framed graphite drawings on antique paper from books and tablets, recognizable characters and illustrations are elevated from graphic imagery to a more conceptual realm without losing the nature of the image itself.
Craig grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and lived the dream of every skateboarder; Dropping out of High School, making art and going on epic summer skate drips to Landsdowne. Craig graduated from California University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and now keeps a studio in the Bloomfield Neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
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