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Esopus 22 (Spring 2015)

Artist’s Project: Fred Tomaselli

By Fred Tomaselli

“This series, begun in 1992, is based on questionnaires that ask the “sitters” for their drug history and their birth date. Each birth date corresponds to an astrological sign, which in turn corresponds to an astrological location. I then remake that quadrant of the sky with photogrammed images of pills glued onto paper. I relabel these “stars” with the chemical history of the sitter to create a portrait of inner and outer space.”—Fred Tomaselli 

Brooklyn-based artist Fred Tomaselli was born in Santa Monica, California. He has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1999); SITE Santa Fe (2002); and the Brooklyn Museum (2010); among many other United States and international venues, and his work is featured in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Tomaselli’s publications include Monsters of Paradise (The Fruitmarket Gallery, 2004), Fred Tomaselli (Prestel, 2009), and The Times (Prestel, 2014). In 1998, he received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant; he has also been the recipient of New York’s Public Design Commission Annual Award for Excellence in Design in 1992 and the Aspen Award for Art in 2009. Tomaselli is represented by White Cube in London and James Cohen Gallery in New York.