Sam Bornstein (b. 1983, New York; works in New York. MFA Hunter College 2017,BFA Bard College 2005.) Bornstein’s layered figurative paintings evoke aninvented world that mirror contemporary life and personal narratives through thefilter of the imagined. In alternately luminous and muted light, a variety ofcharacters from New York City, folklore, media, and the collective imaginarycoexist in scenes that are familiar, yet resist closed readings. Often portrayingmultiple figures involved in ambiguous tasks, work, or leisure, his works play withperception of reality and dream states, creating a sense of familiarity that requires the viewer to apply their own experiences in order to complete thenarrative. The paintings' tension of material and image often refer back to the act of painting, and recallPostwar and Modernist painters from Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe.