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Jim Toia has scoured the earth for years\, examining the for est floor and collecting specimens for his art. Toia’s method has been to f ind and expose characteristics in nature that are often unappreciated by th e casual observer. What lies beneath an ant colony hole? How does a mushroo m distribute its spore? Does a spider weave the same exact web time after t ime\, and is it genetically coded to do so? Over the years\, Toia has devel oped ways to capture such actions and structure\, and unveil them to the vi ewer.

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His new series of inky cap paintings follows that same line of inquiry. However\, where Toia’s earlier work kept a “hands off” pol icy\, the new series introduces the artist’s hand\, manipulating nature and defining a new chapter in his artwork.

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Inky caps slowly diss olve into a liquid form rather than expel dry spore into the air. The resul ting staining that occurs creates an opportunity for Toia to alter and infl uence the process. The slow distribution allows the artist to manipulate th e ink to flow in a specific direction\, enhancing the end result. He contin ues to expose nature’s tendencies\, but now the viewer has the opportunity to look further into the artist’s mind.

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This is Toia’s sevent h solo exhibition at the Kim Foster Gallery. His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including the NewYork Times\, Art in America\, Sculpt ure Magazine\,Time Out\, Star Ledger\, Philadelphia Inquirer\, and Village Voice. Toia has just completed a artist-in-residency at The Studios of Key West with a collaborative installation that included over 1000 participants .
For further information\, please contact the gallery.

DTEND:20121110 DTSTAMP:20140417T084544 DTSTART:20121011 GEO:40.7464825;-74.0069332 LOCATION:Kim Foster Gallery\,529 W. 20th St. \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Everything's Fine\, Jim Toia UID:229579 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121011T200000 DTSTAMP:20140417T084544 DTSTART:20121011T180000 GEO:40.7464825;-74.0069332 LOCATION:Kim Foster Gallery\,529 W. 20th St. \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Everything's Fine\, Jim Toia UID:229580 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR