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Tocci’s Greatest Hits: Vol. II; Opening Reception

Date/Time: 8/17/2018 (5pm - 8pm)

Glens Falls native Jeff Tocci is a contemporary artist whose timeless vision resides in the past as much as the present. His brand of social realism—sometimes challenging, always real—crosses many epochs and touches on many themes through the utilization of various forms of artistic expression including painting, drawing, etching, lithographs, and sculpture. Dividing his time
between New York City and Oaxaca, Mexico, Tocci’s work is influenced by both cultures while remaining inherently unique in every way. A student of Robert Cenedella at The Art Students
League of New York, a 143-year-old institution and creative factory of artistic energy, Tocci remains indebted to the great satirist as well as to Cenedella’s own mentor, the German expressionist George Grosz. And in accordance with this lineage, Tocci continues to develop his work further by wedding contemporary themes with the traditional techniques. Stone lithography, oil painting, ink drawing as well as his admiration for Mexican folk-art provides further evidence that Tocci is an artist at home in more than one culture, more than one artistic medium, and more than one period of time.

This Pop-up exhibition is Tocci’s first show in his hometown and brings together over 40 excerpts from his artistic journey. Some of the works were first displayed in his NYC show Mexicana: Lost & Found, others found their way into his joint show in Oaxaca City with Cenedella called Bastardos Americanos. Still others, such as a recent stone lithograph produced at the legendary Atelier Clot in Paris, France, are being exhibited for the first time. Of particular interest is Tocci’s public debut of his series of Vanitas, a unique assemblage of 3-dimensional scenes combining found objects of Mexican folk-art with his original etchings acting as the backdrop.
Art lovers in the Southern Adirondack region are in for a treat; Tocci’s Greatest Hits, Vol. II brings the work of a multi-dimensional world-class artist home where it belongs for the first
time.

Devin R. Lander
NYS Historian