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Fred Tomaselli

Flipper, 2008

Leaves, photo collage, acrylic, and resin on wood panel

Lent by Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland

Tomaselli is a romantic, saying “I throw all of my obsessions and loves into the work.… I love nature. I love gardening. I love watching birds, and all of that gets into the work. … Artists can help you re-see the world.”

Flipper creates an immersive world, with looping rhythms that evoke sound waves traveling through space. Tomaselli builds this psychic space by affixing small leaves and flowers and cut-out printed images onto a wood panel, then embedding them in acrylic and polished resin. His works resemble reliquaries or insects fossilized in amber. Tomaselli grew up in California’s counter-culture world of music and experimentation—playing in bands, designing album covers, and making surfboards, while mastering techniques and ideas for his ambitious art.
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