An exhibition of new mixed-media paintings by Tobias Tovera, “Hermetica” will include a demonstration of Tovera’s experimentation with alchemical processes.
Tovera is searching for a “third space, a zone of possibility that exists beyond restrictive dualities... transmuted spaces, places where energy shifts, changes, or renews itself.”
"As an artist, I am interested in experimenting with alchemical processes in the pursuit of discovering a "third space," a zone of possibility that exists beyond restrictive dualities. My aim is to create transmuted spaces, places where energy shifts, changes, or renews itself. From the introduction of water and mineral to the use of science and the occult, this translates into working with opposing elements to reveal how they interact, transform, or propel each other."
"The scope of my projects includes performances involving the body as an integral element within installations that capture a physical and psychic topography. I use the square as a construct for the natural, employing it as a metaphor for the membrane or conduit between forms that initially appear separate but are actually connected. My new series of work in this exhibition was inspired by the primordial formations of living matter and the ways life may have begun in the genesis."
"Each layer I pour and each object I introduce is intuitive, the formal shape and material application is determined by the movement of the medium and its successive layers. The entire process is choreographed as a ritual embodying the meditative state."
Website by Werner Glinka