One Man Show with Toland Sand Opens Feb. 11,2016
We are pleased to announce a one man show with internationally known glass sculptor Toland Sand. Titled “Evolutionary Visions”, the exhibition will launch with an opening reception for the artist on February 11th from 4-7 pm and will run through April 11th. Toland has been working out of his Sanbornton, New Hampshire studio since 1977. The originator of dichroic and optical glass sculptures, lately he has been adding new elements to his work, including sandblasted, painted graphics, and colored bonding agents. For this exhibit he will present 12 new sculptures of varying sizes and shapes including the debut of a dramatic, multi part wall installation. The result of a collaboration with wife Debbe Palmer, it is composed of 25 separate, 4" square cubes. Mounted on individual wall brackets, each spins freely creating a tableau of infinite aspects. With influences ranging from architecture to archaeology, Toland sees his pieces first as three dimensional architectural creations where the viewer at once sees both the interior and exterior. Living in Greece for five years as a teenager gave him an appreciation for the role of art in everyday life, as well as it’s timelessness and archaeological sites inspired a deconstructionist aesthetic. In addition, a couple of years in Taiwan created an affinity for the East. These influences can be seen in lettering/graphics sandblasted into the interior sections.
Each of Toland's sculptures is shaped by hand and takes up to eight weeks to complete. "It's always exciting to finish a piece and see how it measures up to the concept I began with." says Toland. It is no wonder then that his work is included in public and private collections around the world. He has participated in the Venice Bienale and his pieces have been acquired by the prestigious Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, and the Chattanooga Museum of Art