Opening Reception: Friday, October 19, 6-9:00 PM
On View: October 19-November 24, 2007
Ann Toebbe paints portraits of interior spaces that she reconstructs from memory. Combining multiple viewpoints, pictorial abstraction and symbolic reference, Toebbe’s technique demotes nostalgia and focuses instead on the rooms and the objects that contain mundane memories of banal activities, turning them into jewel-like objects whose detailed splendor evokes Russian icon and medieval painting, Cubism and folk art.
In Stained Glass, Toebbe has painted the Catholic church interiors she remembers from childhood, and her parents’ living room at Christmas, hoping to translate her experience as an atheist artist into pictures that explore the mysticism of painting and the pop culture undertones of contemporary religion.
Toebbe earned her MFA at Yale School of Art in 2004. In 2005, she studied at the Universität der Kunst, Berlin as a DAAD scholar. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Spaces, Cleveland; Wendy Cooper, Chicago; AfterModern, San Fransisco; Marc Selwyn, Los Angeles, among others. Toebbe is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.
Toebbe on 20x200
Toebbe on West Collection
Toebbe at Branch Gallery
Toebbe on Boom
Ann Toebbe's Website