7 - 30 August 2009
drawing and mixed media
12:00-21:00 (-19:00 on 30 Aug.)| entrance free | closed on Tuesdays
opening reception | 19:00-21:00 Thu. 6 August
Wallowing: Goodbye Enterprise
pencil, gouache, ganpi
The imagery of police and unruly crowds, a U.S. Airforce's crashed jet, and barricades created by protesters against the U.S.S. Enterprise.
What he focuses on is not political motifs but the spectacular drama of these events. He sees a critical aspect of human nature in these improvised structures as heroic efforts to fix the world that have muddied results. He explores how history and objects are cobbled together in daily life and sometimes recycled to try to fix perceived problems in the world.
After graduating design school, where he majored in Illustration, he began a self-published magazine. The publication reinforced his interest in printed matter and he graduated with a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Connecticut. He then studied etching techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland.
In August 2009, Tyler Starr presents his newest paintings and sculptures, in his first solo exhibition in Tokyo entitled "Wallowing Series".
Wallowing: Hello Enterprise (detail)
Tyler Starr Profile
Tyler Starr was born in 1974 in Hartford, CT. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design for two years before leaving to become a certified Emergency Medical Technician in Columbus, Ohio. While working on an ambulance in Connecticut, he began the self-published zine Buck in the Field which was included in the exhibit "Alt.Youth Media" at the New Museum of Modern Art, New York City in 1996. He graduated with a BFA from the University of Connecticut where he was exposed to Eastern European Art. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Academy Of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. After receiving an MFA from the University of Minnesota he became the studio manager of the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis. At Highpoint he organized and curated exhibits of contemporary Pakistani, Japanese and Polish printmaking. He currently lives and works in the old downtown district of Tokyo, Japan.