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Published on Dec 7, 2006
Tools for Destroying Paintings is a lightening fast video piece about the artist's relationship to creativity and destruction. In this work Tim Folland is both the creator of a pristine installation of paintings as well as the performer who reduces them to rubble. During the short cathartic episode, the character created by Folland uses everything from a hopped up mini bike and trick ramps, to medieval lever and plumber's hammer to transform the once structured installation into an orgy of demolition and chaos. The quick cuts of this fast paced vignette are reminiscent of action movie trailers, Sunday night football highlights, and Evel Knievel style outtakes and superimposed sports crowd samples, the ruthless actions of the main character retain the playfulness, humor and innocence of his destruction.