Summertime Sadness: Tony Toscani + Rosalind Breen
Massey Klein is pleased to present Summertime Sadness, a two person exhibition of new paintings by Tony Toscani and Rosalind Breen. This is Toscani’s and Breen’s first exhibition with the gallery.
Tony Toscani’s paintings depict inflated and lumbering humans isolated in a still, flat environment. The figures’ mammoth and minuscule proportions draw attention to an experience that is bizarre yet strangely familiar. Busy checking their mobiles, scrolling Instagram, and lost in daydreams the figures are contemplative and sedated. The artist’s work provides an intimate look at mortality through poetic scenes of everyday life. Toscani received his MFA from The School of Visual Arts in New York City and lives and works in Brooklyn.
Rosalind Breen's paintings explore themes of femininity, nostalgia, mythology, desire, and fantasy. The artist’s collection of abstract works focus on the sensual nature of paint as a medium. The vivid paintings contain large masses of movement: paint swirls, pools, and streaks across the canvas. Body, color, texture, and tone forge intricate forms that deepen her engagement with the idea of narrative. Breen received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island and lives and works in Ottawa, ON.