28"x36" / MISDIRECTION / Digital / 2017
18"x36" / BREAKDOWN / Digital / 2018
24"x36" / ICE CREAM SOCIAL / Digital / 2018
Warren Pope is an artist and illustrator whose work hybridizes physical and digital drawing and painting, while primarily focusing on simple and accessible subjects: landscapes, bodies, and faces. Through fragmentation, obscuring reality, and blending of worlds Pope creates alternate landscapes of virtual dreams and ideals. Within these portals, Pope's vignettes explore being neither here nor there: themes of otherness, ambiguity, and fluidity of identity informed by opaque sexuality and multiracial identity development. The bodies drawn are often buoyant, limbs liquid, in various states of transfiguration or assembly. Referencing animism and pareidolia, the faces, masks, and non-faces of these actors are both points of accessibility for the viewer and unsettling puzzles. Where emotion and connection is expected it is not always provided, where it is dismissed it often surprises and delights, and yet other times it remains unseen.