Painting + Sculpture 2004-2010
Joe Sorren s oil paintings redefine naturalist scenery such as caves, reefs, and seashores, inserting a surreal mood through soft, eerie imagery, thick Impressionist-inspired brushstrokes, and animalistic figures caught mid-motion. Although the subjects are often childlike, the postures and weariness betray adult maturity, drawing a fine line between the vulnerable and precocious. Bulls and minotaurs parade guiltily with parasols and umbrellas through both Sorren s original paintings and the sculptures created in collaboration with Jud Bergeron. This monograph of work from 2004-2010 is published in conjunction with the exhibition Joe Sorren Interruption, for the Grand Central Art Center at CSU Fullerton.