Thom Sokoloski is a multi-disciplinary visual artist. As a theatre artist, his training was at LaMama ETC (NYC and Paris), L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq and Grotowski’s Polish Lab Theatre in Paris. Afterwards he toured the creations of his Paris Theatre Project throughout Europe. Returning to Canada, he co-founded Toronto’s The Theatre Centre, Native Theatre School and Autumn Leaf Performance.
He has produced and created works for a number of important cultural institutions worldwide, including LaMama NYC, the Banff Centre, Opéra de Montréal, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Lyon, Festival de Liège, The Sound Symposium in Newfoundland, National Capital Commission in Ottawa and La Biennale Musiques en Scène à Lyon. He has directed five of R. Murray Schafer’s operatic works including RA at the Ontario Science Centre and Holland Festival and Hermes Trismegistos at the Liège Festival and inside Union Station for the Harbourfront World Stage Festival.
Over the past decade Thom expanded his innovative practices through original large-scale public art installations. The Encampment, first commissioned by Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in 2006, was presented in Toronto, New York City and Ottawa, and at the 2012 Luminato Festival. In 2011, he created Ghost Net while in residence with an Aboriginal community in Mapoon on the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland. In 2013 The Scarecrows, a river installation developed at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, was presented at Nuit North in Huntsville followed by a commission from Art Toronto to create All The Artists Are Here.
His most recent sculptural installation, Colour of the River Running Through Us, was commissioned by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in 2015 and still remains up in their ravine. In development is a new public art installation for Four Freedoms Park in New York City and his photographic practice. He has curated for Art Toronto, Contact, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the Distillery Historic District and Propeller Centre for the Arts. Please visit www.thomsokoloski.com for more information.