Critter with Mustache and Waning Crescent
For this work, the artist uses x-rays as a jumping-off point for his painterly experimentations with the subject. The artist's works contemplate extinction and the daily labor taken to fend it off. Tobin's paintings focus almost entirely on the vital rhythms we are most afraid to acknowledge. Underneath the top layer of this work vibrates hieroglyphic inscriptions like spit-out bones.
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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.