12 January - 2 March 2014
Fred Tomaselli will open a solo exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas. The show will include works such as Hang Over (2005), Halo of Flies (2006) and Echo, Wow and Flutter (2000) as well as works from his series of New York Times collages.
Tomaselli is known for his visually packed paintings that are encompass an array of materials, subjects, and cultural references. A single piece may be comprised of brightly coloured passages of paint, photo-collage, found images from field guides and magazines and drugs such as aspirin, marijuana leaves and ecstasy pills. These materials are layered onto wood panels and suspended in clear epoxy resin. Tomaselli’s stylised works range from psychedelic-patterned abstractions to idealised representations of allegorical figures, animals, nature and the cosmos. The more time spent with the artist’s paintings, the more details emerge and the works become increasingly complex and dynamic.
Tomaselli’s mesmerisng scenes bend reality through visual stimulation and seduction, illustrating the utopian and transcendental abilities of art. His works also comment on the artifice of suburban America in the 1960s and 1970s and the subcultural quest for escapism, 'It is my ultimate aim to seduce and transport the viewer into the space of these pictures while simultaneously revealing the mechanics of that seduction.'
'Fred Tomaselli: Focus'
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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Fred Tomaselli 'Hang Over' 2005 Leaves, pills, acrylic, resin on wood panel 84 x 120 in.
© Fred Tomaselli Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai