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C24 Gallery

560 W 24th St, New York
1-646-416 6300
Monday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm




Brian Tolle: Bent
Jan 11-Feb 24
C24 Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of sculptures by Brian Tolle marking his inaugural exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition brings together Tolles iconic public work, Eureka, on view for the first time in the United States and in a gallery setting, paired with his Levittown sculptures. Bent will be on view from January 11 through February 24, 2018 at 560 West 24th Street, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 11 from 6 8 pm. A highlight of the exhibition is the monumental installation Eureka. At approximately 36 feet high, when standing, the sculpture is a 3D rendering of the faade of a 17th-century Flemish canal house as it might exist in wave form. Thus, it becomes an uncanny reflection of the kinetic water below it. Originally commissioned by curator Jan Hoet for his landmark exhibition Over the Edges 2000, as a site-specific public installation in Ghent, Belgium, the sculpture is re-contextualized in the gallery space. Lying flat on the gallerys atrium floor Eureka confronts notions of place and process thereby questioning the function of art in public spaces versus art in specific institutions. Drawing ideas from a broad-based conceptual analysis, Tolle creates a dialogue between the contemporary and the historical and blurs the border between architecture and its evolving environment. A keen observer of domestic life and identity, Tolle furthers his interest of politics of place in his Levittown sculptures. The sculptures are inspired by the planned housing community, Levittown: the historic town in Long Island, NY, which became the archetype of American suburban life in the early 1950s. Each of Tolles eleven sculptures is a precise scaled model of an original Levittown home -- cast from the same mold varying only in color and displaying the architectural details of the original structures. The sculptural houses themselves resemble deflated or melting membranes, and are supported by various appropriated mementos of suburban life - found toys, tire swing, shopping cart, a plastic nativity set, and a recliner. These iconographic items rest underneath and inside silicone rubber skins of the houses, emphasizing a dialogue between sites and domestic artifacts. As the title of the exhibition suggests, the artworks presented in Bent provoke a re-reading, or discord between reality and fiction. The formal play that Tolle visually articulates between shapes and textures, private and public spaces presents a challenge to standard architectural, as well as behavioral conventions and norms. Brian Tolles work has been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, Liverpool Biennial at the Tate Modern, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, the S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati the Queens Museum of Art, New York, Havana Biennial, Cuba, the Invitational Exhibition at the American Academy of Arts and numerous other institutions. His public works include Irish Hunger Memorial 2002, Battery Park City, NYC, NY a one-half acre sculpture on the Hudson River, reshaping the landscape with a full-scale replica of a hillside Irish farm desiccated by the potato famine. Most recently he completed a public artwork in Brooklyn, NY titled Pageant, 2017 and Outflow 2015, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Other notable public works are Simnai Dirdro Twisted Chimney 2010, Caerphilly, Wales, UK, Remembering Walter H. Dubner 2010, Los Angeles, CA., and Stronghold 2007, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He is the recipient of awards from the Irish American Historical Society, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Design Commission of the City of New York. For further information and interview requests: press@c24gallery.com

Conversation with Artist Brian Tolle
Feb 27-Feb 27
Join artist Brian Tolle in conversation with designer Brian Clyne. Brian Tolles sculptures and installations emphasize a formal and iconographic dialog with history and context. Architecture, site and technology are recurring themes. Using a variety of media, his work draws from the scale and experience of its surroundings, provoking a re-reading by cross-wiring reality and fiction. The conversation will be in conjunction with Bent, a solo exhibition of sculptures by Brian Tolle marking his inaugural exhibition with C24 Gallery. The exhibition brings together Tolle’s iconic public work, Eureka, on view for the first time in the United States and in a gallery setting, paired with his Levittown sculptures. Brian Clyne is a digital designer with expertise in 3D computer modeling and visualization, 2D and 3D animation as well as interactive programming. He has worked with artists and architects to develop content and find digital solutions to achieve their visions, including Public sculptures that can be seen in New York, Seattle, Alberta, and Houston, as well as animations shown in galleries and museums in the US, which includes two premiers at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Since 2006 he has been the studio manager and lead designer for Brian Tolle Studio, managing all projects from solicitation, digital proposals, contract review, bidding, fabrication and final installation. The free talk takes place February 27 from 6-8pm at C24 Gallery. Please RSVP by sending an email to info@c24gallery.com