Thomas Dolan Thomas Dolan, b. 1962, is an American artist living in Los Angeles. His work operates in the spaces where art and design overlap and explores the ways in which we arrive at meaning. His output spans multiple media: painting, objects, collage, digital prints and critical writings. While rooted in a modern, minimalist aesthetic, his work embraces technical complexity and is realized with a wry, conceptual edge. Though full of ideas, systems and philosophies, the work is ultimately a purist’s pursuit of visual and compositional dynamics. Dolan has shown internationally, published widely and created commissioned works. He attended Pomona College and has degrees from ArtCenter College of Design and California Institute of the Arts. He is the author of 22 Truths on Art and Art-Making, published by True Compass press.
* "What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to lives. Art has become a thing which is specialized and which is done by experts, whom we call artists. But couldn't everyone's life just be a work of art? Why should a lamp or a house or a painting be regarded as an art object, but not our life?"
—Michel Foucault, from On the genealogy of ethics: An overview of work in progress, 1984.