Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Art Chicago - Jim Toia

                                                       Jim Toia - Untitled - 2008

Hey Chicago, This is the work of artist Jim Toia who is represented by the Kim Foster Gallery in NYC.  My friend Joe Biondo and I recently toured his studio at Lafayette College where we got to see the mushroom spore drawings up close and personal .  The image is an actual trace of mushroom spores released over a period of time and subjected to minor air flows between the contact paper and the coverings.  Not a photograph, not a drawing, sort of an organic mapping of the spore activity that results when three simple ingredients interact under his supervision.  

You can catch his work at Art Chicago from May 1-4th.

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