Tom Koehler - 'While You Talk To Yourself'
February 8, 2019 - March 3, 2019

A blade cuts through the horizon, green hills fading into the storm.

The patriot rides on an empty tank, the smell of oil pulsing back through his nervous system.
Refilling his car, the buzz of a clock hums through the night, a panicked reminder of just who’s
who what's what. The arms of this clock, ticking ever closer to sunrise, reveal themselves as the
tools for a structure that was never built.

A still lit match falls into the fuel. There’s no pain only a seismic rupture, rushing faster down
the highway than a cop in pursuit. He’s floating higher, no discernable space between the road and
the sky. Mud consumes his body, covering each limb before reaching his grimace. His dimples start to
harden, a cast set. The plastic takes the blow, gravitational force reversing its direction, blowback.

Bubbling out of this wasteland is a painting that appears to have no boundary or edge. Can a picture’s
material circumscription push one to the furthest reaches?

He knows this picture doesn’t matter. What he sees is not what’s beyond a frame, but rather what’s
defined by its limit. That which appears weightless can’t escape the burden of itself; it just is what
it is.

His organs untie like jumper cables; freefall. Voices echo and insects crawl alongside tools suspended
without action. Yes, this is the great range, the Die Americana, the final resting place while you talk
to yourself.

Tom Koehler is an artist currently living in Queens, NY.  Recent exhibitions have included helper, 2017,
and tubbplug, 2018.


Tom Koehler - 'While You Talk To Yourself' [Installation view]

Tom Koehler - 'While You Talk To Yourself' [Installation view]

Live Forever, 2019, Iron and oil, 21” x 27” x 63”

Live Forever, 2019, Iron and oil, 21” x 27” x 63”

Tom Koehler - 'While You Talk To Yourself' [Installation view]

The Spider, 2019, Iron and oil, 6” x 8” x 14”

Tom Koehler - 'While You Talk To Yourself' [Installation view]

Juvenile Delinquent, 2019, Iron and oil, 5 1⁄2” x 8 1⁄2” x 4"

Tom Koehler - 'While You Talk To Yourself' [Installation view]

Running Mold , 2019, Aluminum and oil, 47” x 11 1⁄2” x 5 1⁄2”

Tom Koehler - 'While You Talk To Yourself' [Installation view]

Cup, 2019, Iron and oil, 20” x 8” x 4 1⁄4”

Tom Koehler - 'While You Talk To Yourself' [Installation view]