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Fred Tomaselli

Aspen Art Museum

The buzz around Fred Tomaselli’s meticulous painting-collage hybrids frequently centers on the work’s more loaded materials—ephedrine, aspirin, saccharine, an assortment of brand-name pharmaceuticals, marijuana, and other psychoactive plants—which Tomaselli assembles into kaleidoscopic patterns and scenes; looking at his pictures, one might infer that “using” a drug as a raw material should constitute or symbolize “being on drugs.” Although he is acutely interested in depicting altered and alternate perceptual experience, Tomaselli has also employed these substances (or rather a simple reference to them) to surprisingly lucid or even sober ends. By foregrounding such lesser-known efforts, the artist’s recent midcareer survey, curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson and organized by the Aspen Art Museum with the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York,

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