April 2 - May 14, 2011
In this work, Tole’s first foray into figurative painting, the artist pulls from many historical and contemporary aesthetic conventions to create paintings that exist simultaneously as abstract compositions, representational nudes and psychological explorations of mood. The time lapsed movement of the figures implies ambiguous narratives in which the subjects seem to haunt and seduce the viewer, often engaging in indecipherable rituals that ride the line between indulgence and ascetic mortification.
Michael Tole received his B.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and currently lives in Dallas, Texas. This will be his fourth solo exhibition at Conduit Gallery. In 2007, Michael Tole was awarded the 2007 Hunting Prize, a cash award juried from over nine hundred entries from the state of Texas.