Eric Toscano


Contact Information

eric@erictoscano.com

http://www.erictoscano.com/

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Mixed Media / Collage

Artist's Statement

My work is the result of an instinctual reaction to materials. Appropriated images, found objects, and nontraditional media are juxtaposed in ways that resonate with me during an intuitive creative process. Of particular interest to me is visualizing a new purpose for discarded materials, eliciting their intrinsic value, and producing work using the most immediate means. These handmade collages, using images from National Geographic magazines of the 1940s and 50s, allow the viewer to complete a narrative and consider the possibility that these are depictions of actual events. The results are sometimes abstract, usually wry, and always part of an ongoing inner dialogue.

Selected Exhibitions

Two Person

2017
Visions of the End, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Group

2016
The Art of Collage, Benedum Fine Arts Gallery, Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA

2015
PageMakers, AIGA Philadelphia Space, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Favorite Stories Don’t End, North Bowl, Philadelphia, PA

2013
(No) Hope, Salon 1522, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Visual Storytelling: New Jersey History, Myths, and Legends, The Red Mill Museum Village, Clinton, NJ

2011
Locals Only, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Community Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Art For The Urban Collector, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Small Works, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008
Small Works, Fusion Gallery, Collingswood, NJ

Too Real Is Too Real, The Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ

Down To Earth, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Small Worlds, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Absolutely Abstract, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

All Media Open, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

I’ll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Small Worlds, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

Jamison, Mikala, "Gallery Gameplan: War, Impending Doom, Nudity and Naps, Not in That Order," (http://www.phillyvoice.com/gallery-gameplan-war-impending-doom-nudity-and-naps--not-in-that-order/ ) www.phillyvoice.com. Philly Voice, 21 March 2017

Awards and Honors

2016
Feed Your Soul Fellowship, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2011
The Richard Henkels Award, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artist of the Month, Discover Jersey Arts, www.jerseyarts.com

Other

2017
Dance with the Bride, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Favorite Stories Don’t End, North Bowl, Philadelphia, PA

2011
ArtUnleashed, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Hope For Hope, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA

Education

2012
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA

1998
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
BFA