Born in 1978, Trevor Shimizu is a little too old to be part of Generation Y, so his sensibility is really more slacker than millennial. Although he's created videos and installations, he's best known for his paintings, in which a loopy, sinuous line meanders across the canvas, creating what are essentially doodles writ somewhat larger than the usual marginalia. Pop-cultural figures—Spider-Man, Goofy, Mario—crop up within otherwise distractedly rendered scenes seemingly drawn from the artist's own life. This provisional, diaristic approach is actually contrived, however, as Shimizu aims to evoke a fictional autobiography that stands in for the human condition.
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