Lincoln Tobier


Lincoln TobierArtist’s Statement

The basis of my work is a critical exploration of the public sphere, its systemic erosion, and the structural and legal encroachment on the ethos of democracy. The goal of this work is to participate in the discourse related to aesthetics, ideology and representation.

Much of the work is project based, which allows for its development in various permutations over the course of years. I use a range of forms and media including sculpture, painting, photography, video, radio, public projects, and theater to make artworks that play with notions of authorship and the construction of meaning.

One example of this is a reframing of the professional work of former media consultant and Fox News founder and chief Roger Ailes to ascribe “authorship” to his globally influential aesthetic output since 1967 as that of a “political artist” nonpareil. Another is a series of autonomous, temporary, legal, and open radio stations—which trace the limits of individual electronic speech.

Currently the work takes its form in a series of modular paintings and sculptures that encapsulate the over-lapping drives of the governmental-military-media-corporate-entertainment-multiplex.

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions from 2009-2013

2011
The Orchestra Pit Theory by Roger Ailes, MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles

2009-10
Screwed to the Wall, Martos Gallery, New York

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009-2013

2012
Ruptures: Forms of Public Address, Cooper Union, New York
The Europa Triangle, Royal College of Art, London

2011
91 92 93, MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, Los Angeles
We Regret To Inform You There Is Currently No Space Or Place For Abstract Painting, Martos Gallery, New York

Select Community-Based Artwork from 2009-2013

2012
Radio Break, University of Southern California, Roski School of the Arts

2011
Szenarien uber Europa, Galerie fur Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig. September 10-March 18, 2012

EDUCATION

B.F.A. 1986 Rhode Island School of Design