Maximilian Toth

War Party

February 25 – March 24, 2012

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

Roman Candle Battle, 2012

Graphite, grease pencil, oil on canvas

89 x 138.25 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

White Wash, 2012

Graphite, grease pencil, spray paint, oil on canvas

89 x 130 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

Skipping Stones, 2012

Graphite, grease pencil, oil on canvas

82 x 111 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

High Ground, 2012

Graphite, grease pencil, spray paint, oil on canvas

89.5 x 135 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

Retreat, 2012

Graphite, grease pencil, oil on canvas

93.25 x 88.75 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

Chicken Heart, 2012

Watercolor and pencil on paper

12.5 x 9 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

Grandma's Tongue, 2012

Watercolor and pencil on paper

12.5 x 9 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

Bat Wing, 2012

Watercolor and pencil on paper

12.5 x 9 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

The Brain, 2012

Watercolor and pencil on paper

12.5 x 9 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

Dead Bird, 2012

Graphite, grease pencil, oil on canvas

63 x 63.5 inches

Maximilian Toth at Fredericks & Freiser

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

Clamming, 2012

Graphite, grease pencil, oil on canvas

77.5 x 159.25 inches

Press Release

MAXIMILIAN TOTH

War Party

February 25 through March 24, 2012

Opening Reception: February 25, 6-8PM

 

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to announce War Party an exhibition of new work by Maximilian Toth. The exhibition will include large-scale paintings, drawings (both on paper and wall), as well as two films that together narrate youth’s unapologetic assertion in the harsh face of mortality.

 

Immersing themselves in full throttle bacchanalia, Toth’s line-based figures reenact contemporary versions of initiation rites long since abandoned. They play at war to test strength, galvanize loyalty and challenge faith. They seek danger to establish glory. However, within this search there is an inherent violence that reveals a primal nature. Ultimately, their urge to destroy becomes their vehicle to defy limitations. 

 

Toth will also present two films in collaboration with Sarah Lasley.  The films animate the initiation experience by bringing specific scenes from the paintings into live form. Whereas the paintings concentrate on youth’s declaration, the films portray the realization that vitality is fleeting and the body is fragile. Toth’s subjects find this all the more reason to celebrate.

 

 

About the Artist

 

Maximilian Toth was born in 1978 and received an MFA from Yale in 2006. He has had solo shows in New York, Minneapolis and Australia as well as numerous group shows including the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Dallas Contemporary and Prospect New Orleans 1.5. He will be included in the upcoming Painters’ Paint exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London. This will be Toth’s third solo show at Fredericks & Freiser.