TOC FETCH (b. 1953)

TOC FETCH 2016-12-29T19:52:42+00:00

Project Description

Toc Fetch was born in Brooklyn. He studied for a year at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), though he quickly became disillusioned with academia. He moved to Switzerland in 1973, where he spent 10 years in a program learning the principles of Nondualism (also called non-duality; a term and concept used to define various strands of religious and spiritual thought).

In 1989, Fetch was diagnosed with cancer. He recalls feeling for a year that he was extremely close to death, and experiencing life as an outsider. These feelings influenced his work, and revealed to him a new perspective. “I have been closing my eyes and spending time inside myself every day for 40 years,” writes the artist. “I have found a place inside that is a still-point where time is not. This Place inside me has grown till now I feel more it than me. In this sitting each day I do absolutely nothing, I let go—and see. On occasions very lucid sights occur whose intensity dissolves the-me, and whose scale is too huge to fit into my thinking. These paintings are my best response to those experiences. They are almost accurate. /The story occurring in the space between these images is the perennial Odyssey, the hero’s journey home. The sublime experienced in the work is my true-north. And now, the sublime requires color, so I paint in a careful language of tiny vectors, sculpting forms out of the loving void of space, catching and moving perception with their continuous coaxing suggestions. I track the sublime into the dark by feel alone—it is my way home.”

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Fluence interview


Mythology, 2013
Exiles in Lower Utopia, 2009
Kids of Lower Utopia, 2001