In Residence: January 11, 2016 – March 5, 2016
Exhibition Opens: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Exhibition Continues Through: March 17
Learning Lab: McLain Community High School
About the Artist Franklin “F.E” Toan holds a BFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. He views of craft as the political platform from which to create, employing repetitive, often labor intensive processes that have roots in traditional metalsmithing. While Toan primarily work with steel wire, he is in the process of incorporating new materials to help move past the static object, promoting movement and interaction with the viewer. Much of Toan’s work is drawn from a constant desire to access, affect or create community. With this in mind, his aim is to maintain a critical lens on the complexities, complications, and intersections of communities. Queerness is a large part of his work, aesthetically, materially, and conceptually. As a genderqueer/transgender artist, navigating this identity (and others) is a constant process for Toan. The often messy ways that identities and bodies converge is a constant undercurrent. Thus far, this desire for connection has manifested in a series of interactive sculptures. His goal is for participants to interact with each other through the sculpture, thus creating some kind of unexpected connection. Each of the pieces are created through the repetition of small structural cells, compounding on each other to ‘grow’ scaffolding systems. These systems then restrict or facilitate touch.