Tyzo David Toccalino
I have always had a fascination for found objects. Growing up in Oakville ON, I spent many hours beachcombing the shores of Lake Ontario. There I collected many common objects that had been worn, beaten and changed by the continuous motion of the waves. Henry Moore was an early influence on me. My early artistic endeavours incorporated these found objects into agglomerations or assemblages dramatizing my aesthetic of irrational juxtaposition. When I learned to weld in 1976, I fabricated sculptures by juxtaposing similar components into shape and mass. I tend to follow an intuitive approach not daring to question the source of my inspiration beyond the relationship between positive and negative shapes forming the sculpture as a whole. I like to think of my work as contemporary - as well as homage to all that has gone before.
1977 Welder Diploma, Conestoga College of Applied Arts & Technology, Guelph ON
1971-1972 Advanced Sculpture, St lawrence College, Kingston ON
1969-1971 Creative Art Diploma, Sheridan College, Oakville ON
2010 Critical Mass, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2009 Octogenii + 1, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto
2009 EarthLink, Canadian Sculpture Centre
2008 New Members, Canadian Sculpture Centre
2007 "Insights", Juried Exhibition, Wellington County Museum & Archives
2007 "Trees", Juried Exhibition, Minarovich Gallery, The Elora Centre for Arts
2006 8th Annual Juried Emerging Sculptors, Canadian Sculpture Centre
2005 Fergus / Elora Studio Tour
2001 Sculpture Exhibition, Elora Writers Festival
Toccalino's work is included in private collections. He works and lives in Fergus, ON.
Media: welded steel
SSC Member Since: 2008
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