BA, Computer Science, Brown University; MFA, Design & Media Arts, UCLA. Exhibitions: 2015 Biennial of Numeric Arts, Paris; 2014 Triennial of New Media Art, National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Awards: 2014 Ars Electronica Award of Distinction, Interactive Art; 2014 New Technological Art Award; 2013 Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant; 2010 Fellow, Carnegie Mellon Studio for Creative Inquiry.

Personal Statement

Jacob Tonski is a pragmatic optimist whose work explores dynamic balance through kinetic metaphors.

A self-adjusting platform makes everyone the same height, probing ideas of equality and the origins of power. A larger-than-life top spins about the room, wobbling through themes of pleasure, danger, youth and decay. A sofa teeters, standing on one leg, musing on the stability of the social structures we build. Videos disorient and lighten the body and mind.

These and other human-scale objects, both amusing and threatening, find an uncanny identity between toys and tools. The forces of time and gravity serve in these works as foils for those things we are powerless to direct in our lives, and with which we must instead dance and negotiate.


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