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Fred Tomaselli

James Cohan Gallery | Chelsea

Fred Tomaselli’s intensely detailed and disquieting mixed-media collages could be considered a redress of the brightly colored, paisley-strewn, and generally utopic art of the ’60s and ’70s. In Us and Them, 2003, Adam and Eve reach for the bough of a bird-laden tree; the archetypal couple has been meticulously assembled out of anatomy illustrations and body parts cut from photos, which have then been laid against a dark background and covered with a thick layer of clear acrylic. The cluster of penises on Adam and the many breasts and buttocks on Eve betray the influence of Indian devotional art, with its multiple-armed and -eyed figures. Indeed, Tomaselli’s works appear to illustrate a visionary or ecstatic state that’s an alloy of Western mythic tropes, the psychedelic experience, and Eastern religious insight.

In Cyclopticon 2, 2003, a severed head hovers fire-limned and openmouthed

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