Michael Tole

Conduit Gallery

Michael Tole’s recent show in Dallas, “Some Queer Noisy Pendulum,” was well timed, opening just a few days after the announcement that he had won the fifty-thousand-dollar Hunting Prize for painting. Tole’s work celebrates everyday visual pleasures; his most recent paintings are based on snapshots of ersatz Fabergé eggs on sale at a gift shop in the Dallas Galleria. An earlier series did the same for gewgaws he photographed in a Cracker Barrel restaurant–cum–gift shop, and he is currently at work on paintings depicting fragmented views from a wax museum.

Tole’s imagery, clearly derived from photographic sources, bears the qualities of a captured instant. The blurred imagery of Untitled (chariot with silver and purple), 2007, and Untitled (Faberge vertical), 2006, for example, registers the exposure’s duration in visible streaks and smears. These qualities combine with eccentric cropping

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