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Bunny Tobias: Elegance of Mutation

November 25, 2016 - February 19, 2017

Bunny Tobias debuts new artwork made from reclaimed materials—and a fierce philosophy of recycled art—in Elegance of Mutation, a solo exhibition at form & concept. The longtime Santa Fe artist is known for charming, surreal artworks made from found objects and natural materials. For the first time, Tobias will distill her thoughts on recycled art into a single manifesto, which she’ll unveil at the reception. Elegance of Mutation opens on Friday, November 25 from 5-7 pm at form & concept, and runs through February 18. The exhibition coincides with the gallery’s Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project group show.

“I live on a rural property, and I’ll often find pretty interesting rusted pieces on the ground,” says Tobias. The artist resides and works in a 300-year-old house in Glorieta Pass, which was the site of pioneer encampments and Civil War action. “I made a number of jewelry pieces from these rusted objects for a Museum of International Folk Art show, and that sparked my interest in repurposing materials,” she says. Ever since, Tobias has incorporated ephemera into her diverse artworks. She fearlessly blurs the lines between mediums, drawing upon over forty years of experience as a ceramicist, collage artist, sculptor and jeweler.

I love vintage material, and I’ve always been interested in surrealism, Dada art, and Arte Povera” says Tobias. “I can relate to these periods of art, because I love taking material that once had another purpose and turning it into something new.” Inspired by these modernist movements and their radical mission statements, Tobias has prepared an Elegance of Mutation manifesto to accompany her artwork. “Anything and everything is capable of morphing: ideas, objects, functions and materials,” reads an early draft of the document. “Unexpected logic and rhythms, perverse and unpredictable associations, comic improvisations—those are all part of the elegance of mutation.”

Artwork in the Exhibition

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
America's Got Talent
8.5in x 7.5in x 4.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Born Again
8in x 3in x 3in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Cabinet of Curiosities
7.5in x 8.5in x 14.25in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Carriage With Unkown Occupancy
8in x 5.5in x 16in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Dancing With Zebra
12in x 5in x 5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Elegant Mutation
11in x 3.25in x 1.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Exquisite Corpse
47in x 21in x 8in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Fascinating Rhythm
19.5in x 13in x 10.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Fat Pak
9in x 4.5in x 4.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Flamingo
17in x 4in x 5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Hang Over
15.5in x 7.5in x 6in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Hour Glass
25in x 6in x 6in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
I Remember Mama
20in x 16in x 2.25in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Immortal Cloud Surfer
10in x 5in x 4.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Inside the Head of Garter Girl
21.5in x 15in x 12in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Karaoke
10.25in x 3.25in x 3.25in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Leg Shell
15in x 4in x 4in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Lucky Bird
25in x 13in x 10in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Magic Trick
13.5in x 7in x 7in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Mean Clown
6.25in x 6.5in x 8in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Minotaur
20in x 16in x 1.25in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Odalisque
12.25in x 23.75in x 12in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
One Horse Power
4in x 9in x 6.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Our Lady of the Desk Lamp
11.5in x 6in x 4.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Put Through the Wringer
10in x 8in x 1.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Shoe Ride
8.5in x 3in x 9.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Silent Bell
10.5in x 4.5in x 4.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Souvenir
7.5in x 3.5in x 2.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Spirit of Detritus
17.5in x 19.5in x 12.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
The Kiss
7in x 6in x 6in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
The Messenger
34.75in x 10in x 7.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
The Secret Self
12.5in x 4.25in x 4.5in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
The Station
13in x 5.5in x 12.25in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
There's Something Fishy Here
12.5in x 4in x 6in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
This is Not a Tree
16.5in x 6in x 5.75in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Traffic Flow
38.25in x 6.5in x 11in

Bunny Tobias (Sculpture)
Yo Yo Moon
9in x 6.25in x 4.25in