In this video, Fred Tomaselli reflects on experiencing his solo exhibition, Fred Tomaselli, and looking back over twenty years of his art. To assemble his work, Tomaselli amasses actual pills and plants along with a range of images—among them flowers, birds, and anatomical illustrations—carefully cut from books and magazines. Pulling from this visual archive, Tomaselli creates baroque paintings that combine unusual materials and paint under layers of clear epoxy resin. He collages these materials into multilayered combinations of the real, the photographic, and the painterly. Tomaselli's paintings explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions, incorporating art historical sources that include Renaissance frescoes, 1960s Minimalism, and eastern and western decorative traditions such as quilts and mosaics. A survey exhibition of Tomaselli’s work from the late 1980s to the present was featured at the Tang Museum in 2010 and co-organized by the Aspen Art Museum. CREDITS | Producer/Camera/Editor: Vickie Riley. Interview: Ian Berry. 2nd Camera: Kevin Colmar. Artwork: courtesy of Fred Tomaselli ©The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, 2010


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