Brian Tolle Tempest


Artist:  Brian Tolle

Title:  Tempest, 2010

Medium:  Powder coated aluminum, fiberglass, LED lights

Location:  Collins Park, 2100 Collins Avenue

Brian Tolle’s sculptures and installations emphasize a formal and iconographic dialog with history and context.  Architecture, site and technology are recurring themes.  Using a variety of media, his work draws from the scale and experience of its surroundings, provoking a re-reading by cross-wiring reality and fiction. Drawing ideas from a broad-based conceptual analysis Tolle blurs the border between the contemporary and the historical.  His approach involves in depth research, which is then distilled and directed creating an intuitive personal response.

Tolle’s work has been exhibited in the Whitney and Liverpool Biennials, the Queens Museum of Art, the SMAK museum in Ghent, Belgium; and numerous other institutions. Brian Tolle was born 1964 in Queens, NY; he now lives and works in New York City.

Miami Beach is a city shaped both physically and culturally by the sea. Tempest is a shimmering blue green expanse, which appears to have been carved from the sea, frozen in space and time, in the form of a swirling celestial maze. When seen from above, the sculpture and the paths make the shape of a Florida hurricane, reflecting on the artist’s fascination with “formal and iconographic dialog with history and context, architecture, site and technology.”

Visitors are free to wander through the waves looking as though they are bobbing in the surf or frolicking in a pool. At night the sculpture is lit from within making it appear as a magical river of light serving as a beacon and landmark in Collins Park.

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