Jim Toia has scoured the earth for years, examining the forest floor and collecting specimens for his art. Toia’s method has been to find and expose characteristics in nature that are often unappreciated by the casual observer. What lies beneath an ant colony hole? How does a mushroom distribute its spore? Does a spider weave the same exact web time after time, and is it genetically coded to do so? Over the years, Toia has developed ways to capture such actions and structure, and unveil them to the viewer.
His new series of inky cap paintings follows that same line of inquiry. However, where Toia’s earlier work kept a “hands off” policy, the new series introduces the artist’s hand, manipulating nature and defining a new chapter in his artwork.
Inky caps slowly dissolve into a liquid form rather than expel dry spore into the air. The resulting staining that occurs creates an opportunity for Toia to alter and influence the process. The slow distribution allows the artist to manipulate the ink to flow in a specific direction, enhancing the end result. He continues to expose nature’s tendencies, but now the viewer has the opportunity to look further into the artist’s mind.
This is Toia’s seventh solo exhibition at the Kim Foster Gallery. His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including the NewYork Times, Art in America, Sculpture 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.
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