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HOLD YOUR FIRE

THOMAS DOYLE

NOV 23, 2018 - FEB 13, 2019

CONCEPT

New York-based artist Thomas Doyle’s
first solo exhibition in Japan.

Thomas Doyle is an artist whose miniature sculptures turn everyday life on its head.
He often features domestic scenes undercut with themes of isolation, separation,
and crisis.

DIESEL ART GALLERY presents sculpture artist Thomas Doyle’s first solo exhibition in Japan, “HOLD YOUR FIRE,” from November 23, 2018 to February 13, 2019. The exhibition will feature a large 2-meter sculpture as its main work as well as multiple miniature scenes displayed under glass. The artist’s macro photographs of miniature figures will also be on display.

CONCEPT:
The “HOLD YOUR FIRE” exhibition will bring together works that showcase the range of Thomas Doyle’s artistic practice, including both his miniature sculpture and his photographs of the tiny figures that populate his work.
The exhibition’s title, “HOLD YOUR FIRE,” speaks to the works’ psychological content
– the memories and thoughts we carry within us – as well as the palpable anxiety in between times of conflict.
As the world copes with frequent wars, natural disasters, refugee crises, pollution, and protests, it often feels that we are living in an era of constant disaster. Doyle contrasts the anxiety these disasters evoke with work sculpted in small, intimate scales that communicate a timeless longing for the stability of home, hearth, and family. The contradiction of the two is sure to fascinate gallery attendees.
Tokyo’s ever-changing cityscape adds new, huge buildings all the time as the city heads toward 2020. These massive developments contrast curiously with the Japanese affection for miniatures. This context makes Doyle’s work particularly suited for the DIESEL ART GALLERY, which is located in the center of Shibuya, the district often associated with culture, fashion and entertainment.

ARTIST STATEMENT
“Often sealed under glass, the works depict the remnants of things past—whether major, transformational experiences, or the quieter moments that resonate loudly throughout a life.
In much the way the mind recalls events through the fog of time, the works distort reality through a warped and dreamlike lens.”

BIOGRAPHY

  • Thomas Doyle

    http://www.thomasdoyle.net/distillation/

    Thomas Doyle was born in Michigan, USA in 1976 and now lives and works in New York.
    Doyle’s work combines his formal training as a painter and printmaker with a fascination with scale models that began at an early age.
    His sculptures, rendered in 1:100 to 1:43 scale, often depict human figures beset by quiet calamities, often of the natural kind.
    Doyle’s work has been shown at museums and galleries across the US, Europe, and Asia.
    Images of his work have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, and other publications.
    He is a recipient of the 2009 West Collection purchase prize and a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony.

VIEW WORKS

Mire, 2013 ©Thomas Doyle

Mire, 2013 ©Thomas Doyle

Proxy (45 Catherine Ct.), 2018 ©Thomas Doyle

False Flag, 2012 ©Thomas Doyle

Light no Fires, 2018 ©Thomas Doyle

Girl #5, 2011 ©Thomas Doyle

Proxy (28 Sapper Ave.), 2015 ©Thomas Doyle

Staging Area, 2014 ©Thomas Doyle

Staging Area, 2014 ©Thomas Doyle

Redoubt, redux, 2012 ©Thomas Doyle

Redoubt, redux, 2012 ©Thomas Doyle

You Remember It, or It Remembers You, 2014 ©Thomas Doyle

You Remember It, or It Remembers You, 2014 ©Thomas Doyle

© Thomas Doyle

© Thomas Doyle

Title
HOLD YOUR FIRE
Artist
Thomas Doyle
Date
Nov 23, 2018 - Feb 13, 2019
Venue
DIESEL ART GALLERY
WEB
www.diesel.co.jp/art
Address
cocoti B1F, 1-23-16, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel
03-6427-5955
Hours
11:30 - 21:00
Holidays
Non-Regular Holiday
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INSTALLATION IMAGES

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi

photo by Kengo Tsutsumi