Image of artwork titled "Blue Bat" by Kevin Tobin

Kevin Tobin, Blue Bat, 2021
Oil on canvas stretched over hollow core door
80 × 34 inches

Tobin’s four new paintings based on x-rays of bats push the abstraction of his figures into new territory. Doom Boogie Woogie, 2021 and Blue Bat, 2021, are loosely based on photos of partially decaying bats which continued to hang upside down after death. At roughly human scale, these foreboding figures are painted on hollow core doors which became a loaded symbol for the artist during the pandemic for stay- at-home orders, life and death, and modern civilizations futile attempts to separate the dangers of the outside world from sterile interior comforts.



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