Fred Tomaselli is a part of the contemporary art scene showing at major galleries and museums around the world. He uses collage, painting and objects like marijuana leaves, pills of ecstasy, photos and other materials under an epoxy resin. The works are often very large in scale and are highly detailed using collage and painting. He likes to make multiple realities to intermix in the images and attempts to be ambiguous about the reality of the work to get the viewer to be aware of their own perception. He states, “For me art is primarily about perception and how it modifies perception… The picture is a window to another reality and there is this other world represented in a painting, This concept dovetailed uncannily with the rhetoric coming out of psychedelic drug culture, it also intersects with the idea of losing one’s self in this other place. Like something was so great you were diminished in by it. That sort of danger tangentially related to drugs and art. For me, when I started to putting psychoactive material in the work the pot leaves and that sort of thing, I was really thinking about rearranging the use value of those objects instead of traveling through the blood stream to alter consciousness they travel through the eyeballs… You can use them over and over again instead of it being consumed dissolved and excreted… they can be inexhaustibly psycho active.” (Fred Tomaselli except from interview at http://storycollider.org/podcast/2011-02-17/)
Fred Tomaselli says that his own psychedelic experiences have transformed his perception and inspired some of the imagery in his works. The work invokes the sense of dissolution of boundaries and the micro and macro colliding. Often it is difficult to tell if the image is portraying the vastness of a star filled universe or the infinite combinations of chemicals the make up our environment and bodies. Human beings composed of thousands and geometrical chemical molecules creating the vary substance of who we are shown in a backdrop of deeply layered pattern freeing the viewer from the need to relate to observable landscape.
By Transpersonal Spirit