Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 5pm
1000 W. Broad, 1st floor Crit Room 3
Brian Tolle has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, and public spaces around the world. Tolle emphasizes a formal and iconographic dialog with history and context to produce striking and subtle works that engage the public. Using a variety of media, his work draws themes from the scale and experience of their surroundings, provoking a re-reading by cross-wiring reality and fiction. Borrowing ideas from a broad-based conceptual analysis Tolle blurs the border between the contemporary and the historical. Mr. Tolle received his MFA from Yale University, BFA from Parsons School of Design and his BA from SUNY at Albany. He is currently on the graduate faculty at Parsons the New School for Design. Tolle’s recent works include Threshold (New School University, 2006), Waylay (Liverpool Biennial, 2006 Whitney Biennial, 2002), Skid Rows with Diana Balmori (Down the Garden Path, Queens Museum of Art, 2005), For the Gentle Wind Doth Move Silently Invisibly (Cleveland Public Art, 2005), WitchCatcher (City Hall Park, New York, 2003), the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City, New York (2002), Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe (Crossing the Line, Queens Museum of Art, 2001) and Over the Edges: The Corners of Gent (Stedelijk Museum, Ghent, Belgium 2000).