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Fred Tomaselli

Artists Space Exhibitions

In the early ’80s, L.A.-based sculptor Fred Tomaselli made kinetic sculptures that used technology to critique the evils of technological society. His sensibility combined Dada and hip-hop; his constructions ranged from giant pinball machines to models of homeless people that twitched violently when you walked near them. A pivotal work for Tomaselli was Shoreline, 1984, an installation that presented a sea of Styrofoam cups set in motion by a fan. This installation marked a refinement of the artist’s ability to use kinetic elements, and a continuation of his commitment to making the viewer aware of his/her position in a rapidly deteriorating world. In the late ’80s, Tomaselli continued to make installations that drew in and surrounded the viewer, putting his/her physical existence in a new alignment. The strength of his work remained in its ability to reveal not the cause but the effect

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