Exhibitions: Fred Tomaselli

Fred Tomaselli: Untitled (Expulsion)

Revisiting a scene from the Book of Genesis, Tomaselli renders the Garden of Eden with a psychedelic combination of flowers, plants, butterflies, insects, leaves, smiling mouths, and hands. Many of these elements appear to blast from a fiery vortex, suggesting a divine presence, while Adam and Eve sorrowfully depart from the garden. Around 2000, Tomaselli introduced figures into his work, often with their skin peeled away to reveal the circulatory system. The artist regards the expulsion from paradise as one of the central myths that informs our impulse to seek utopia—an impulse that often leads to disaster. He notes that in our attempt to return to paradise, we usually end up further from it than ever (a theme also explored in Desert Bloom).