Introducing”¦ is a new initiative that creates a platform for emerging artists to be formally introduced to the world by an advocate of their art and future career. Twice a month a new artist will be presented by their champion and will have an exemplary piece of work exhibited at The Window at 125.
Drinks and a conversation with Russell Tyler and Jason Stopa
Wednesday June 13th
Listen to their conversation here:
Who is Russell Tyler?
Introducing RUSSELL TYLER”¨
June 2 – 20th 2012
Employing a loose geometry, heavily applied, neon oil paint and a paired down aesthetic, Russell Tyler has created a unique painting language. Working in a more is more fashion; the artist pushes pattern-based imagery into new territory. Specifically in a work such as Data (2012) Tyler creates the effect of a broken T.V. screen circa 1980 ”“ some of its images still flashing after the meltdown.
“What intrigues me is that Tyler originally began as a graffiti artist. And that his current work demonstrates a sophisticated, yet playful capacity to unite accepted notions of lowbrow painting tropes within the high conversation of abstraction.”
– Jason Stopa
Russell Tyler was born in 1981 on a Hippie commune in Summertown, Tennessee. He lived in Hawaii and age thirteen immigrated to British Columbia, Canada where he began getting involved in hip-hop culture, especially break dancing and graffiti. Through those art forms spawned Tyler’s interest in painting. Tyler received his BFA from Concordia University in Montreal and finished his MFA from Pratt Institute in May 2010. Tyler won the Concordia University Painting and Drawing show in 2005, also receiving two FASA Special Artist Grants from the university.
He now lives and works in Brooklyn. In 2010, he had a solo exhibition “Decomposing in the Land of Paradise” at Freight + Volume in New York; and in 2012 he had his second solo exhibition at Ebersmoore Gallery in Chicago, “Bad Paintings”. He is currently preparing for an exhibition at Fouladi Projects in San Francisco.
Jason Stopa is a visual artist and writer living in New York. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute. Stopa is Editor of NY Arts Magazine and a contributing writer to The Brooklyn Rail, ArtUS and White Hot Magazine. He has exhibited widely in New York and most recently Toronto.
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