Jack Toolin is an artist whose work spans new media, digital imaging, and performance. His currant body of work, White Collar, reflects upon the shifting status of Western financial power, and the increasingly ambivalent relationship white males have to that power, as technology, politics, and economics embolden globalization.
Toolin works both independently and collaboratively. He was a member of the new media art collective C5, 1997 - 2007, which investigated our relationship to technology, and technology's relationship to culture through data visualization, installation, performance expedition, photography, and video. C5's culminating project, Landscape Initiative, a suite of four interdisciplinary projects, explored navigation through and experience of topography as we become increasingly reliant upon technology. Perfect View, the project Toolin headed up, explored the sublime via 25 GPS locations around the U.S. This work was shown at Foxy Production in New York, the Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse, the San Jose Museum of Art, and will be exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum in spring, 2010.
Toolin's individual and collaborative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including San Francisco Camerawork; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002 Whitney Biennial); and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has lectured widely, at institutions such as the University of California at Berkeley; the San Francisco Art Institute; Emerson College. Boston, MA; Kibla Mulitmedia Center, Maribor, Slovenia; the Museum of Contemporary Art Rijeka, Croatia; and the University of Split, Croatia. He is currently an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute and the Polytechnic Institute at NYU.