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timo fahler: shrug atlas

Apr 17, 2024 - Dec 29, 2024

Tulsa native timo fahler (b. 1978), a contemporary artist who now lives between Los Angeles, California, and Amsterdam, visited Philbrook frequently as a child. Today fahler is known for artworks that combine earth, stained glass, metal rebar, plaster, and other materials to speak to the history of land and labor through material and form. Incorporating references to a range of Indigenous mythologies and contemporary culture, fahler’s images and objects are grounded in the past while suggesting a future of intertwined cultural strands.

timo fahler: shrug atlas, the artist’s first museum exhibition in Oklahoma, features a new series of sculptures fahler produced for Philbrook, including several large-scale, colorful stained-glass objects. To present alongside his own work, fahler has also selected artworks from the Philbrook collection that have remained constant touchstones for his practice. Taken together, the artworks in timo fahler: shrug atlas explore the museum and the region’s economic, cultural, and environmental past, present, and future.

Image: timo fahler (American, b. 1978). AMORPH ELENCHI, 2022-23. Stained glass, rebar, steel, concrete, cement, and asphalt, 11 × 12 × 12″. Courtesy of the artist and Sebastian Gladstone. ©️ timo fahler