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Attuned to the profound in the ridiculous and the ridiculous in the profound, Amikam Toren alters found objects and images, transforming them into paintings, works on paper, videos, installations, and sculptures full of surprising depth, humor, and meaning. With a keen eye on the everyday and overlooked, and an interest in language and the process of interpretation, Toren scours his own studio and street and antique markets for his materials. Through interventions subtle and overt, he teases out poignant truths from an incredible array of unlikely objects. In his “Armchair Paintings” project, begun in the late 1980s, he cuts phrases—like “cathartic logic”—into cheap, kitschy oil paintings of flowers and landscapes, inflecting both text and image with new significance. For A Users Guide to Married Life (2012), he transformed packing instructions into tender symbols of a shared existence.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions
2018
Kinship: Celebrating 10 Years of Jessica Silverman GalleryJessica Silverman
2017
Palpable, works from 1973-2002Jessica Silverman
2016
The Present and the ProbableJessica Silverman
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Of the Times - Thursday September 5 1991, 1991

Pulped newspaper and PVA on canvas, paper and card
92 3/16 × 86 3/16 × 1 in
234.2 × 218.9 × 2.5 cm
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Location
San Francisco
Medium

Attuned to the profound in the ridiculous and the ridiculous in the profound, Amikam Toren alters found objects and images, transforming them into paintings, works on paper, videos, installations, and sculptures full of surprising depth, humor, and meaning. With a keen eye on the everyday and overlooked, and an interest in language and the process of interpretation, Toren scours his own studio and street and antique markets for his materials. Through interventions subtle and overt, he teases out poignant truths from an incredible array of unlikely objects. In his “Armchair Paintings” project, begun in the late 1980s, he cuts phrases—like “cathartic logic”—into cheap, kitschy oil paintings of flowers and landscapes, inflecting both text and image with new significance. For A Users Guide to Married Life (2012), he transformed packing instructions into tender symbols of a shared existence.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions (3)
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