Exhibitions: Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli: Desert Bloom

Radiating from a central point, this painting traces a network of dotted lines that seems to expand beyond the edges of the painting into the infinity of space. In the center of the web is a cluster of buildings including representations of the author Henry David Thoreau’s cabin on Walden Pond, the shack where Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. the Unabomber) lived, and the cult leader David Koresh’s compound at Waco, Texas. The connections are open to interpretation, but may be related to a unique brand of American individualism that seeks simplicity and spiritual enlightenment in utopian quests that sometimes devolve into messianic behavior or antiauthoritarianism. Tomaselli feels that this piece explores the ways American society imposes ideology onto landscape.