About The ArtistTobias Tovera is an American visual artist whose work explores the intersection of nature, art and consciousness. Using materials subject to metamorphism, Tovera seeks to discover what he calls “transmuted spaces,“ places where energy can shift, change, or renew itself, by experimenting with alchemical processes. From the diffusion of mineral pigments to the permutation of base metals, his work reveals the connection between the physical, metaphysical, and elemental realms, through which new forms are created. Tovera’s process is an attempt to capture physical and psychic topographies, informed by the way certain materials interact, transform, and self-organize. Each layer that is formed, each element introduced, is part of an intuitive movement between the artist and the materials themselves: a performative ritual that embodies the meditative state. Tobias Tovera was born in Sacramento, California and studied at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States, Asia and Europe; and is part of numerous private, public, and corporate collections. During the course of his career Tovera has developed two bodies of work in painting and a series of sculptures. His new work investigates the interplay between his paintings and his sculptures and how they inform each other. Tobias lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Oakland, California and is the founder of the Ark Project, an international artist residency program. He has been awarded with residencies at the Lucid Art Foundation, Root Division, and Local Language Art and has been published in American Artwork, Studio Journal Knock, Studio Visit, and Art Voices Magazine.
About The ArtworkIn my series PERMUTATION, I use salt, mineral, water and fire to create pools of entropic verdigris, a process that conjures layered textures of color and space, based on movement and evaporation. Accumulation of the medium as it diffuses and transmutes onto the surface becomes a kind of topography, showing the passage of time. Each layer explores the equilibrium between what is intended and what is achieved; a process that neither control these forces, nor surrenders to them, but rather from immersion in them. I make a work in order to raze it, to see what lies beneath or behind, to investigate the shadow surface. What is revealed comes through an often tumultuous dialogue of transformative alchemical forces that create a new form.
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