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Jan Avgikos

TOLLE HOUSE

Consensus has it that the New York art world has skidded into doldrums. The ubiquity of cultivated listlessness suggests that reaction against the critical strategies of ’80s-style postmodern art continues to influence the market’s myopic preference for low-wattage work enamored of its own ineffectuality. In his installation Overmounted Interior, BRIAN TOLLE recuperates the maligned practice of appropriation by situating us in a simulated environment stylistically cued to Gothic revival, American-style, and rife with sleights of hand (is it real? is it fake?), but the expressive, fantastical dimensions of his hand-carved Styrofoam baronial great hall are geared toward make-believe visionary experience. The toothsome immediacy of overwhelming proportions, richly grained and roughhewn “wooden” beams, a darkly “charred” hearth, and radiantly utopian “natural” scenery contributes

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