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Fred Tomaselli (American, b.1956)
LOT ID: 80698
Cyclopticon, 2003

Screenprint, Mixed Media, Surface mounted pigment print on plexiglass
12 х 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 cm.)
Signed, mounted and ready to frame. Hand signed "Tomaselli" and hand numbered 47 from the edition of only 60 on the verso of the frame; housed in the publisher's original presentation box.
Print/Casting Year 2003
Edition 47/60
Foundry/Publisher Published by: Parkett Editions, Printed by: Adamson Editions, Washington, D.C.
Lot description
"Cyclopticon" is a powerfully haunting and hallucinatory three dimensional surface-mounted pigment print on plexiglass by renowned American artist Fred Tomaselli. It is in excellent condition and ready to hang. This piece exemplifies the artist's iconic use of exploding color, chaotic patterning, and unconventional imagery. His motifs in this work include strands of cut out ears, lips, noses, eyes, and like colored flowers juxtaposed alongside geometric forms. They blast around a human head, stripped of flesh to reveal its inner anatomy and its most basic components of humanity.

The publisher who commissioned "Cyclopticon" wrote that this is one of Tomaselli's signature works -- pieces that "are compelling, hybrid objects: ersatz, or maybe surrogate paintings, or tapestries, or quilts, or mosaics. Their various components—both over-the-counter and controlled pharmaceuticals, street drugs, natural psychotropic substances and other organic matter, collaged elements from printed sources, and hand-painted ornament—are all suspended in gleaming layers of clear, polished, hard resin. Forms implode, explode, oscillate, buzz, loop, swirl, and spiral.—The combined effect, neither determinably real nor fully illusionistic, is at once electrifying and de-stabilizing.” James Rondeau, Parkett No. 67, 2003

Fred Tomaselli (B. 1956, Santa Monica, California) is a contemporary American artist whose works often include a wide range of unusual materials sealed in epoxy resin such as prescription drugs, hallucinogenic plants, and magazine cutouts of insects, body parts, flora and fauna. His collage approach creates stunning patterns of complexity, exploding with brilliant colors and eye catching forms. Tomaselli seduces viewers with works which transport them into universe-like spaces and reveal allegories of manufactured reality, pop culture, and utopian visions which explore loss, redemption, and contemplation. He has exhibited at venues the world over including the Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, New York), White Cube (London, UK), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), and the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, JP), among numerous others.

Fred Tomaselli has often courted controversy with his use of unconventional materials including consciousness-altering plants and pills. "I want people to get lost in the work," says the artist. "In that way the work is pre-Modernist. I throw all of my obsessions and loves into the work, and I try not to be too embarrassed about any of it." The results look part patterned-textile, part mosaic. They depict subjects from the natural world, such as birds and flowers, with lush, jewel-colored tones. His recent hybrid works are all about recycling images from the outside world, usually downloaded off of the Internet, to create heavily patterned, hallucinatory universes of his own making.

In 2009, Prestel published the comprehensive book Fred Tomaselli, which accompanied a survey show of his work from the past 25 years.

Selected Public Collections:
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA)
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (La Jolla, CA)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN)
Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA)


Cyclopticon by Fred Tomaselli
  • Cyclopticon by Fred Tomaselli
  • Cyclopticon by Fred Tomaselli
  • Cyclopticon by Fred Tomaselli
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