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Sept. 22, 2006

Intermedia Artist John Toth Will Discuss His Work Oct. 9 At UI

Intermedia artist John Toth will present a lecture on his work at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in Room 116 of Art Building West on the University of Iowa campus.

Toth is visiting the UI as a guest of the sculpture area of the School of Art and Art History. His talk will be free and open to the public.

Among other works, Toth creates site-specific fabric environments that transform interior spaces. His earliest installations were recreations of childhood memories. "As a child I would lie under the fabric of my grandmother's 'quilting bee'," he wrote. He was "mesmerized by the fabric squares and triangles that were brightly illuminated by hanging lights that cast odd foreshortened and elongated shadows of arms, hands and fingers sewing around the square quilting frame."

This early experience has more recently combined with Toth's interest in electronic media. In February 1999 he completed a six-month commission designing a fabric and light installation titled 'Convergence' for the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, England.

In 2001 Toth received a commission from the Western New York Institute for the Arts for "Light & Shadow," a fabric environment with multiple video projections based on the centennial of the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, and in 2003 he collaborated on a contemporary performance of on Samuel Beckett's "Act Without Words" at New York's 78th Street Theater Lab.

Toth has been a visual arts teaching artist at the Lincoln Center Institute in New York City since 1985. He also teaches art at Hunter College in the School of Education. Examples of his work can be seen at www.InnerEye.net.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Art and Art History web site at www.uiowa.edu/~art/.

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