Thomas Lail exhibits in the United States and internationally and is represented by One Mile Gallery. Lail performs and records with experimental duo soundBarn and the multi-member Location Ensemble. He has published numerous reviews and essays including two catalogue essays on the work of Robert Longo and publishes poetry and experimental writing through soundBarn Press. Since 1993, Thomas Lail has taught drawing and painting at Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY in Troy, NY where he is Professor of Fine Arts and a recipient of both the President's Award and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award. He is a past recipient of numerous New York State Foundation for the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend awards as well as a Fulbright-Hays award from the United States Department of State. A native of Upstate New York, Lail grew up across the street from a geodesic dome- perhaps foreshadowing his current interest in Utopian dreams. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s Lail was involved in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg art scene and served on the board for Goliath art space. From 1991 to 1994 he co-published Soup Magazine. Thomas Lail now lives and works in a bricolage former-tractor barn on what was once Heald Orchards in Kinderhook, NY with artist Tara Fracalossi and their son, Coltrane.
About the work:
Thomas Lail’s large-scale xerographic and silkscreen paintings, drawings, and sculpture examine our persistent strivings and ideological failings in pursuit of a better world. Lail’s works reference fragments of images of hippie communes, high modern architecture, protesting crowds and Edenic floral patterns often reproduced to degraded obscurity. Lail's images suggest both the fleeting physical presence and philosophical space of such Utopian enclaves, their once-dreamed-future and the tumultuous moments that give rise to such dreams.