Jack Toolin is an interdisciplinary artist whose art explores the socioeconomic underpinnings of daily life. He is currently working on several photographic projects; however his practice has spanned a variety of creative approaches, including installation art, performance art and traditional media.
While the photographic language of current projects can be related to historical modes such as New Topographics, photo typologies, and Constructivist collage, the conceptual bases of the projects are rooted in ideas stemming from areas such as experimental geography, gentrificaion and psychoeconomics.
While much of his career has been conducted independently, he was a founding member of the new media collective C5 (1997-2007), whose pioneering artworks addressed a range of computation-related concepts, from data visualization to locative media.
His work has been included in exhibitions at venues across the country and internationally. Highlights include the 2002 Whitney Biennial (as a member of C5), the San José Museum of Art, Ars Electronica (C5), the Chelsea Art Museum (solo exhibition), Foxy Productions (NYC), and more.
He has been invited to speak at universities and conferences in both the US and Europe, and has chaired panels at the Society for Photographic Education and the College Art Association.
Currently Toolin is an adjunct professor at New York University and Pace University. His teaching includes a range of courses related to technological art, in both lecture and studio modes, and at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
His wide-ranging experience as an artist and as an educator cross fertilize to make for a rich learning experience for his students who come from around the world and from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
This is a test of blogging. This section could contain reflections on projects, links to interesting sites found through research, sketches for possible projects, etc.
Profit and Loss
Third Avenue Corridor
Fringe Economy: Tip Jars
From Here to There: Commuting through Perception
My Space for Your Life
South by Southwest
The C5 Quest for Success
The C5 Landscape Initiative
Call to Prayer
You Don't See that You Don't See (C5)
Strangers in the Night
Beacon of Economic Inequality
Big Shoes Little Feet