Painting Groovy Colors on the Gray Lady

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Artist Fred Tomaselli recently turned off Radio Blast NPR in a studio in East Village, sat down in a spooky swivel chair, and explained the early places of the pandemic after a studio assistant “escaped to Vermont.” “My work is usually very heavy and I can’t lift it myself,” he said. “So I stopped it, I was going to take my studio and put it in Williamsburg’s guest bedroom and draw a small picture that would dive deep into an emergency. COVID, Because every day was the headline of the banner. March is Boom Boom Boom— Every day was just an earthquake. “

In that bedroom he scanned the front page of TimesPrint them on watercolor paper, paint on them and collage them, often creating bright color patterns reminiscent of groovy stained glass windows. Eventually, he started moving the component and didn’t match the headline with the photo. Many of these works are on display at the Digital Exhibition, which will be held until December 26th, by the London-based gallery White Cube.

August 17, 2021 (2021)Artwork by Fred Tomaselli / Provided by: James Cohan Gallery and White Cube

Trapped in Williamsburg, Tomaseri is 65 years old, tampered with, gardened, biking, boogie boarding, flyfished and bird-rearing. “It was as if I was back in high school,” he said. (He grew up in California. “In the shadow of Disneyland, in the midst of fireworks, a tinkerbell was flying in the night sky outside the house.”) He continued. A chance to concentrate on my backyard before. But I think I got seven new backyard birds during the pandemic. There were Nashville warblers and Wilson warblers on the plum tree. It’s like being on the same tree at the same time. “

Newspaper prints were hung behind a tomaseri in a checkered flannel over a gray T-shirt, black jeans and sneakers. One featured a photo of a yellow bird with yellow flowers from September 29, 2021, and added a lush pattern around it.COVID false alarms are carried out with animal medicine. “

He asked his new assistant, Ryan, to dig up the actual paper from that day. “He knows where the shit is.” The top headline is “Military advised Biden to expand Afghanistan’s presence” And it was paired with a photo of General Mark A. Milley ridiculing. There is a bird under the folds, “The last seen Maui Kupu in 1996 is one of the 22 animals that have been added to the list of lost species. Page A17.”

March 17, 2020 (2020)Artwork by Fred Tomaselli / Provided by: James Cohan Gallery and White Cube

Tomaseri’s birdwatching list has been around since the 90’s and there are about 400 species. He wandered around a pile of boxes and a drawer of flat files and began to pull out other collections.

“I have all New York Times Since 2005, “he said. “Because this file is’collage material, human’, it’s like plastic shards and eyes, nose, lips, hands, feet and mouth.” These are all scanned, to facilitate collage. Reprinted, cropped, arranged in color and size. Other drawers and boxes include “Map Prints”, “pads o’paper”, “pot(Like the leaves he pushes and uses at work).

“Hey, Ryan,” he called. “Do you know where my bugs are?”

February 27, 2014 (2016)Artwork by Fred Tomaselli / Provided by: James Cohan Gallery and White Cube

“Like a real insect?” Ryan asked, continuing to cut out scanned images of bird’s paws with an X-Acto knife.

“Wait, look, there’s a monarch butterfly feather here,” said Tomaseri. “There was a big mantis in my butterfly bush. It would kill the butterfly and find its wings. And I thought the mantis was giving me a present.” He paused. “On the other hand, I’m exhausted because the monarch butterfly population is declining sharply.”

Near the flat file is a centuries-old Tibetan tanker (according to Tomaselli, depicting “the combination of compassion and wisdom of this sundial dancing ignorantly”), slightly by the smoke of yak oil. Was damaged. Another tanker collector, Allen Ginsberg, has died on the second floor. “It’s a double-decker, but Directly“Tomaseri said.

He pointed to the foam board maquette of the building, which is the US Embassy in Bangkok, where he is designing an oval mosaic. Next to that, there was a reject where a mosaic owl appeared. “I was going to do this, but I found that the owl was considered unlucky there,” he said.

He Times-Operation work on the late Barry the Owl, famous in Central Park. In Tomaseri’s work, Barry headlined “Faced with the chaos of Afghanistan, Biden defends the exit.“They don’t really make sense together, but I just felt it was right,” he said. “I saw Barry. I see all the celebrity birds.” Mandarin duck? “I saw the duck before it became famous! And I was like a fleeing pet, not a big deal. And the mandarin duck thing, In newsAnd I think that duck is a fake! You know you can buy them on the internet for $ 150. They are like ornamental ducks that can be in the ornamental pond in Connecticut’s backyard. ♦

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