“TODT emerged out of 1980s New York, which simmered in the tension butter of Reaganomics and The Ramones. Judy is a punk and Reagan is bunk. TODT didn’t necessarily identify with punk but definitely had no love for Reagan. TODT was contemporaneous with the likes of Jeff Koons, and being of the 80s and New York has taken cues from the commodity culture defined by Warhol and Pop. The group’s career has spanned temporally and geographically, and their output has sustained its personality despite a waxing and waning institutional reception. They have been loved and vilified. They were part of The Whitney Biennial in 1985 and exhibited at PS1 in 1983. Their accolades are impressive and yet monstrous commercial success has never smiled on TODT. Yet, it seems to matter very little. They are self-taught, self-made, answer to no master, practice a shrewd scavenging, and make everything out of everything.

TODT is tied to the German word tod meaning death, and tot Catalan for everything, and also references the Third Reich via Fritz Todt who was a sort of public works administrator behind “Organization Todt” dedicated to civil and military engineering of the greatest efficiency; very little of the human sacrifice necessitated therein mattering much at all.”

 


 

Timeline

1985
Art Matters Inc. (AMI) Visual Art Support grant of $1,500 to: TODT
1990
Art Matters Inc. (AMI) Visual Art Support grant of $1,500 to: TODT
1995
Ohio Arts Council IA Fellowship. Discipline Panel: Visual Arts. Two awards of $5,000 each: Jennifer Jaffe and John Rosser
1995
Ohio Arts Council IA Fellowship. Interdisciplinary or Media Arts. One award of $3,200.00 to: TODT Artists Projects
1996
Ohio Arts Council IA Fellowship. Discipline Panel: Visual Arts. Two awards of $2,500 each: Jerome Jaffe and Joseph Jaffe
1996
Residency, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

 

Exhibitions

2005
Installation – The Lab Gallery, Roger Smith Hotel – New York (solo)
2005
6 Panel Billboard Project – TOT Guard. Art Omi, The Fields Sculpture Park Gent, New York (solo)
2005
TOT Guard. Project page in Leonardo Magazine – MIT Press, Cambridge MA (solo)
2005
TOT Guard. Project page in Performance Art Journal – MIT Press, Cambridge MA (solo)
2004
“Products,” Richard Sena Gallery, Hudson, New York (solo)
2004
Billboard, Richard Sena Gallery, Hudson, New York (solo)
2004
Billboard – Sculpture and Nature – 2004, Columbia County Council on the Arts (solo)
2003
“Welcome,” Linda Schwortz Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. (solo)
2003
“EXURBIA,” Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. (solo)
2002
“Red Show,” Linda Schwortz Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. (solo)
2001
“TODT, Americana,” Arts Consortium, Cincinnati, Ohio. (solo)
2001
“EXURBIA,” Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. (solo)
2000
“TODT, Casual Realism,” Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. (solo)
2000
“TODT,” Pacifico Fine Art, New York, New York. (solo)
1999
“artCORPUS,” Fundacion America, Santiago, Chile. (solo)
1999
Billboard, MASS MoCA, Boston, Massachusetts. (solo)
1999
“BUILT,” Rike Center Gallery, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. (solo)
1999
“TODT, Primacy,” Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio. (solo)
1998
“TODT,” Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York. (solo)
1998
“TODT, SCANNED POSTERS,” The Loft, Cincinnati, Ohio. (solo)