Endicott College is pleased to announce the first one-person exhibit in Massachusetts of works by renowned image-maker and theorist, Carl Toth. Carl Toth’s artworks have been described as intellectual and playful, definitive, and vague: The images are deceptively complex and philosophical. His subjects include machines, landscapes, family members, toys, and other non-descript materials. Toth’s choice of photographic media is equally as eclectic; media include hand-tinted black and white prints, SX-70, Xerography, and chromogenic prints.
When asked about his work, the artist replied, “My interest in visual narrative grows out of a fascination with the ‘stories,’ both conscious and unconscious, embodied in family snapshots and photo albums. My early works were often parodies of snapshots and used people and animals as primary subjects. By the late ‘70s however, I had become interested in making work that would be somewhat independent of a ‘central character’ – the unifying device so common to most narratives across all strata of our culture. I began to work toward creating a visual meta-language capable of conceptualizing and articulating the slippery interface between our concepts of object and image. By the early ‘80s, I was using copy machines and collage techniques to fabricate my work.”
Programming for this exhibition takes place on Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Sarah Kennel, Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem followed by a reception.