Tobey uses an almost
endless variety of material in these constructions. Working from
the internationally known
LMC (Les Metalliers Champenois) US headquarters in Patterson, New Jersey
he has access to custom metal formed to his precise specifications,
components of architectural elements that the company fabricates,
a huge quantity of foundry scrap, and raw materials that can
be formed and finished into anything an artist's imagination
can conceive, using the company's state of the art equipment.
two views of the welded piece above are examples of special finishes
that are applied to the metal by the artist through the use of
heat and chemicals to create special effects. Contrast between
highly polished and rough surfaces in this sculpture is a particular
characteristic of many of Tobey's works.
interesting aspect of Tobey's three dimensional work is that
the forms constantly change as the viewer looks at them from
different vantage points. In this way, an infinite number of
perceived images can be experienced from a single static construction.
The single piece above, photographed from two different camera
positions could easily be mistaken for two completely different
sculptures depending upon the observer's angle of view.
Tobey's welded sculptures range in complexity from simple basic
weighted masses with few details -- compositions of almost primitive
components -- to highly embellished and mathematical constructs
with many ancillary components, such elements as might be found
in Baroque and Modern musical compositions.
work with these many varied shapes and start to feel and hear
the inner sounds of rhythm, wind, and melody. I know a sculpture
is done when this process of sound and motion makes a dimensional
and fluid transition from one section to another in the sculpture."
his welded steel sculptures . . . it is as though the often baroque
shapes in his canvases have broken free and moved out to command
three dimensional space"
Ed McCormack - Gallery & Studio Magazine
37 x 22 x 13
Tobey's sculptures will next be on public display in his one-man show scheduled for March at the White Plains Museum, or they are viewable by appointment. Sculptures can be fabricated by his foundry, LMC in architectural scale. For more information
on this, and on other custom work, phone him at 914-632-8226 or
send him an email..
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