– Tom Polo –

By Winter 2012

When talking about Polo it is hard to resist quoting his work, so catchy are the titles. It is also hard to circumnavigate the rhetoric of success and failure, which has dominated writing on it. With a practice based in painting, and extending to installation and performance in its investigation, Polo’s work is typified by a self-conscious reflection on art production and its value. More broadly, this is applied to how we seek worth socially. – Susan Gibb

Tom Polo, A painting of you as me as you looking at me, 2012, detail; acrylic on linen, 60 x 45 cm; courtesy the artist