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.
His public works include Irish Hunger Memorial, Battery
Park City, NYC, NY, a one-half acre sculpture on the Hudson River,
reshaping the landscape with a full-scale replica of a hillside
Irish farm desiccated by the potato famine. In 2010, Brian Tolle
successfully completed three major art public projects: Simnai
Dirdro (Twisted Chimney), Caerphilly, Wales, UK, Remembering
Walter H. Dubner, Los Angeles, CA, and Tempest, Miami Beach,
FL. Other notable public works are Threshold, The New School,
New York, NY and Stronghold, the University of Washington,
Seattle, WA. Currently, he has other important public projects
in progress in Brooklyn, NY, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Columbus,
Brian Tolle's work has been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial,
Liverpool Biennial at the Tate Modern, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland,
the S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium, Institute of Contemporary Art,
Philadelphia; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; the Queens
Museum of Art, New York, Havana Biennial, Cuba, the Invitational
Exhibition at the American Academy of Arts and numerous other
institutions. He is the recipient of awards from the Irish American
Historical Society, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and
the Design Commission of the City of New York.
Brian Tolle is represented by CRG Gallery, New York, NY, where
he had his most recent solo show, Levittown.
Brian Tolle received his BA in Political Science from SUNY at
Albany, NY, a BFA from Parsons the New School for Design, NY,
and an MFA from Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Brian Tolle was born in New York in 1964; he now lives and works
in New York City.