Bat Legs (Piss Slit)
This painting explores how bats have symbolized benevolent and malevolent forces in fiction and religion around the world for thousands of years. This strikes the artist as ironic, as a healthy population of bats often protects humanity from deadly pathogens spread by mosquitos, such as malaria and dengue fever.
Tobin frequently uses x-rays as jumping-off points for his painterly experimentations with the figure. Underneath the top layer of this painting lie hieroglyphic inscriptions. The artist’s words, what he might tell you in his dreams, are hidden behind the painting’s uppermost skin. Tobin’s work frequently broods on extinction and the daily labor taken to fend it off.
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Kevin Tobin's paintings examine how bats are frequently used as symbols of benevolent and malevolent forces in fiction and religion. The artist often employs hollow core doors as painting substrates for his compositions; likewise, the artist uses teeth x-rays as a jumping-off point for painterly experimentations. Tobin’s paintings explore the most primal aspects of the human body—as well as how culture both connects and separates our species from the animal kingdom.