Toby Zallman is a Chicago-based mixed-media sculptor.
Toby Zallman uses materials as metaphors to express psychological content. Their physical manifestations represent such dialectical oppositions as hard/soft, masculine/feminine, open/closed and natural/fabricated. She utilizes a wide array of materials. At times, ideas are generated by materials, but usually ideas dictate the choice of materials and working processes which include construction, wrapping, weaving and coating.
In much of her large-scale work, figuration is alluded to at several levels, from skin to guts, to body, to gesture, and in both real and metaphorical senses. Human scale is paramount, and many forms suggest anthropomorphic shapes that contrast vulnerability with a more formal ordering mechanism. This contrast of structures and textures and forms in her work is employed to suggest particular states of being and convey conceptual content.
The new work, done on computers, computer keyboards and telephones, is a continuation of that approach, now utilizing the technology as found objects and ordering devices. Outdated technology, our societys waste, become vital art materials. This tech equipment is then combined with very sensual materials. These materials include wax, tar, dirt, cement, plaster, wire, cloth, etc. These sensual, non-traditional sculpture materials provide a sharp contrast to and tension with the tech materials. The words spelled out on the keyboards act as messages about grappling with a life in both a physical and emotional way. They emerge in varying degrees of focus and clarity as psychological clues of the process.…Read More
Education TYLER SCHOOL OF ART OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY B.F.A.; Major Areas: Painting and Drawing
Selected Exhibitions 2006 PERIMETER GALLERY; Chicago, IL; Group Show ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM, Rockford Midwestern Exhibition ST JAMES CATHEDRAL, Chicago, IL, Enemies Group Show 2002 ELMHURST ART MUSEUM, Elmhurst, IL, Beyond the Surface Toby Zallman and Barbara Cooper, Sculpture 2000 GWENDA JAY GALLERY; Chicago, IL; End of the Rainbow: Following the Ragdale Experience Group Show 1999 PERIMETER GALLERY; Chicago, IL; Masters of Craft Group Show UKRAINIAN INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART; Chicago, IL; Devotions 3-Person Show 1998-99 ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM AT LOCKPORT, Lockport, IL; From Limb to Limb Traveling Group Exhibition 1997 CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER; Chicago, IL; Heart of the Matter: Sculpture by Toby Zallman PERIMETER GALLERY, Chicago, IL; 2-Person Show; 1996 EVANSTON ART CENTER, Evanston, IL; Evanston & Vicinity Show DE PAUL UNIVERSITY, Chicago, IL.; Why is This Night Different? 1994 GALLERY 312, Chicago, IL; Unknown Chicago 1993 ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago, Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition 1991 QUINCY ARTS CENTER, Quincy, IL; Sculpture Invitational ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago, Mothers and Daughters 1990 ERIE STREET GALLERY, Chicago; Media Survey 1800 CLYBOURN, Chicago; Group Show 1989 PAPER PRESS, Chicago; Toby ZallmanConstructed Paintings & Drawings 1988 ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago; Fifteenth Anniversary Exhibition EVANSTON ART CENTER, Evanston, IL; Toby ZallmanNew Work 1987 BEACON STREET GALLERY, Chicago; Nine on Nature ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago; Toby ZallmanTroubled Terrain 1985 CONTEMPORARY ART WORKSHOP, Chicago; 5 Figural/5 Abstract EVANSTON ART CENTER, Evanston, IL; Between Painting and Sculpture HALLWALLS, Buffalo, NY; Group Show 1984 ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago; Toby ZallmanFears and Longings MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Chicago; Alternative Spaces: A History in Chicago ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago; Tenth Anniversary Exhibition ARTISTS CALL AGAINST U.S. INTERVENTION; Chicago 1983 CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY, Chicago; Artemisia Members ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago; Artemisia Members, A Group Show 1982 ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago; Toby ZallmanNew Paintings 1981 DART GALLERY, Chicago; Group Show ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY COLLEGEFOREST PARK, St. Louis, MO; (4) Young Chicago Artists ARTEMISIA GALLERY, Chicago; Toby ZallmanIcarus Series THE ALTERNATIVE MUSEUM, New York; Emerging Artists 1980 CHICAGO COOPERATIVE GALLERIES, Chicago; 6/6 Invitational NAME GALLERY, Chicago; Four Painters 1977 SUBURBAN FINE ARTS CENTER, Highland Park, IL; Toby Zallman/Kathy Lehar MOMING COLLECTION, Chicago; All Over the Place Installation Show CHICAGO COOPERATIVE GALLERIES, Chicago; 3/3 Invitational
Awards and Fellowships 2005 RAGDALE FELLOWSHIP, The Ragdale Foundation Art Colony 2003 RAGDALE FELLOWSHIP, The Ragdale Foundation Art Colony 2001 RAGDALE FELLOWSHIP, The Ragdale Foundation Art Colony 1999 RAGDALE FELLOWSHIP, The Ragdale Foundation Art Colony 1997 RAGDALE FELLOWSHIP, The Ragdale Foundation Art Colony 1996 RAGDALE FELLOWSHIP, The Ragdale Foundation Art Colony 1994 RAGDALE FELLOWSHIP, The Ragdale Foundation Art Colony 1985 YADDO FELLOWSHIP, The Yaddo Art Colony CHAIRMANS GRANT, Illinois Arts Council 1982 PROJECT COMPLETION GRANT, Illinois Arts Council 1980 PROJECT COMPLETION GRANT, Illinois Arts Council 1979 MACDOWELL FELLOWSHIP, The MacDowell Colony 1977 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, New Horizons in Art Annual Show,…Read More