By rebuilding physical objects in cardboard or paper, Tomczyk creates an odd interaction for the viewer. Both surprise and awe at the craftsmanship but also an interesting conundrum of expectation and perception where the eyes are fooled by the simulacrum, at odds with what is known or realized. The objects contain a hidden history of their own making, of course, but more importantly they reflect, for the artist, histories and biographies that emotionally link people and experiences. Although these hermetic associations are separated from a direct connection, as our subjective selves always are, these objects display a poignant aura of personality. (MP). vincenttomczyk.com

(Right) Lucian Freud, 2013, Paper & mixed media 48 x 32 x 34 inches

Emile Griffith, 2014, Paper 11 x 8 x 8 inches

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Max Presneill & Kio Griffith from ARTRA Curatorial is a volunteer organization for the implementation of new modes of exhibition, locally, nationally and internationally, that feature artist-led emerging platforms and opportunity based interactions and community building via social practice type events. Founded in 2009, the group has instigated large scale art events and exchanges, as well as the alternative art fair Co/Lab, throughout Los Angeles and has new projects being presented in China, France and UK in 2014, as well as the continuation of their MAS ATTACK series of events both in LA and other US cities.

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