Sunday, May 01, 2011

About My Work:

For four decades I have been making photographs using the same 35mm format camera and a single lens.  I look for irony, poignancy, and metaphor and am interested in translucency, layers, perforation of surfaces, veiled views, and glimpses of hidden worlds. Frames within frames, doors, windows, gates, and mirrors are recurring actors on my visual stage.  I am a benign voyeur making up unverifiable stories from snippets of information snatched from an open gate or window. 

I am fascinated by photography’s ability to consider and express the passage of time by stopping it or to suggest the past or future in one captured fraction of a second.  I am interested in how a photograph may conjure or emphasize a subject by its very absence from the image. The edges of the frame are as important to me as the middle, and what I choose to leave out of the frame is as crucial to the meaning and content as what I choose to leave in. Therefore, I compose very carefully in the camera and always print the full frame.

Ultimately my work is a desire to recognize the unseen.  That is, I seek to discover in the mundane a fragment of the world that may have been looked at but not perceived.  I want to allow the viewer a moment’s pause to see what is normally so easily missed.  My work uses light, texture, gesture, geometry, juxtapositions, and the play of scale and space within the frame.  By isolating and combining objects I can reveal their overlooked importance or suggest new meanings.

The images that I make allow me to pose questions for which there are myriad possible stories and ideally make the viewer pause and ponder rather than know with certainty.

My portfolio includes black & white gelatin-silver prints, color photographs, handmade books, and photogravure prints.

My Resume:

Publications:                       19 Views of Paris 2011
                                                Billboards 2010
Legs Mostly Walking 2009

Exhibitions:                         Dis/Order, ProArts Juried Annual 2013
                                               Wonder Berkeley Art Center 2012
                                               Berkeley Civic Center Juried Annual 2012 -2013
                                               Essentia 66 Photographs 2011
                                               Green, Berkeley Art Center 2010-2011
Berkeley Arts Festival 2009
Pro Arts Juried Annual 2008
Pro Arts Juried Annual 2007
                                                New Visions: Introductions 2006, Pro Arts
                                                San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
                                                San Francisco Art Institute

Collections:                        Chicago Art Institute
                                              Getty Art Museum
                                              MOMA, N.Y.
                                              San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
                                              San Francisco Art Institute
                                              Private Collections

Residency, Kala Institute 2011
San Francisco Art Institute BFA, Photography 1972
Pratt Institute, 1967 – 1970  

1 comment:

K A McLaughlin said...

Toby, Your work is amazing!