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 George Stoll  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: California/New York/Maryland      Known for: social themed common object sculpture, installations

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
George Stoll handcrafts items that are normally mass factory produced to create viewer-challenging installations whereby highly realistic objects are abstracted beyond their “domestic function.”  Included are sponges, toilet paper, and paper towels.  In creating these works, he is focused on the relationship between consumer culture and high art.

His first exhibition was in 1994 in Los Angeles, and was titled Tupperware. Stoll elevates what is usually considered disposable to art by asking viewers to take another look at those objects that surround them."

Stoll was born in the suburbs of Baltimore, and in the 1970s and 80s, lived in New York City, where, while studying design, he held various jobs such as making jewelry, set designing horror films, and working as an artist assistant.  Then he moved to Los Angeles where he continued his "Tupperware" exhibits and expanded across the United States and into Europe.  Each of his Tupperware objects are hand cast in paraffin and beeswax and then are arranged by shape and color on a shelf.   The toilet paper rolls are cut from wood and wrapped in paper on which he has drawn and these as well as his paper towel replicas carefully adhere to the appearance of the ‘real object’.  Newly injected into his installations are sponges, which he makes out of balsa wood with holes burned in them to “give them the puckered texture of a sponge.”  He paints them in pastels and arranges them like the sponge packages one finds on grocery shelves.

The tromp l'oeil effect is important to Stoll but he also allows the human element--the artist’s hand--to enter into his work."


Biography from Maloney Fine Art:
George Stoll is interested in the subject that is hiding in plain sight and what happens when representation becomes abstracted.  In this work he investigates the poetics of American consumer culture and Catholic iconography, and by so doing creates beautiful sculptures that have the immediacy of Pop Art, the spare elegance of Minimalism, the appearance of a monochrome, and the telling ability to transcend their domestic function.
George fabricates by hand that which is found in everyday life: toilet paper, party streamers, sponges, American flags, Thanksgiving platters, Christmas Lights and most notably, Tupperware.  In this exhibition at Maloney Fine Art, George will present his classic Tupperware configurations in elliptical forms, shelf sculptures and sponge paintings made of burned balsa wood.
George Stoll lives and works in Los Angeles.

A recipient of the Rome Prize, he had exhibited his work extensively, and he has had numerous solo exhibitions, including Baldwin Gallery, Aspen; Angles, Los Angeles; Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York; Gallery Seomi, Seoul; Windows Gallery, Brussels; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston; and The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati. Stoll’s works have appeared in group exhibitions internationally, including Cheim & Read, New York; American Academy in Rome, Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Drawing Center, New York. Public collections include the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Norton Family Collection; The Robert J. Shiffler Collection, the Williams - Sonoma Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.

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