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Jim Toia - e-announcement Spore drawings and video at Kim Foster Gallery
Jim Toia, Grand Illusion, 2004
Jim Toia, Grand Illusion, 2004
  Dear Artfriends,

Jim Toia

would like to invite you to visit his exhibition

Jim Toia: Dawn
Spore drawings and video

at Kim Foster Gallery
529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
Phone: 212-229-0044

The exhibition continues through
May 27, 2006

Jim Toia lives and works in Califon, New Jersey. A graduate of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, he earned a master's degree in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Toia has exhibited throughout the United States and is included in several collections including the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, the AT&T Collection, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ. He has been the recipient of New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Geraldine Dodge Foundation Grant.
Jim Toia is known for his innovative use of organic materials. His various bodies of work have included elegant mushroom spore drawings, living organic installations and site-specific works, often bringing the natural world into a gallery environment. Strongly influenced by the Earthwork artists from the 1970s, Toia's work is a more subtle interaction with nature.

Jim Toia’s new work is a continuation of his abiding study of the underlying structures and processes of the natural world; his mushroom spore drawings are unique examples of his partnership with natural process: Through the release of millions of expelled mushroom spores that are moving with a proportional speed necessary for objects to escape earth’s atmosphere, Toia’s hand placed mushrooms yield scale-less works, which simultaneously reflect the cosmological in their structure.
Toia’s video projections are interconnected meditations on natural process as well. In this work specific forms are rapidly dissolved into a fluid, contemplative whole. The viewer becomes quickly engaged in the broader collective form of the larger work. The illusion of instability is confirmed by the ebb and flow of shapes and colours in the formal visual field.
Dissolving Garden is a collaborative work using the “found sound” of composer Frances White. The viewer sees a juxtaposition of a mountain face at Delaware Water Gap and the water’s edge at Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The slow transition of one image into the other in a continuous loop refers to natural, procreative cycles. The projection rests on a bed of lichen pinned to the gallery wall that softens and diffuses the image. Coupled with White’s sound composition that emanates from the wall Dissolving Garden maintains a sensory, physical state while remaining as daydream about nature.

"I seek to convey the absolute brilliance of circumstance and contingency. When successful the viewer becomes aware of the fragility of the moment, realizes the miracle of our predicament, and bends to the fascination of pure experience.
Jim Toia

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Best regards from sm.ART and enjoy Jim’s works,

sibylle mueller
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