TRANSMISSION Artist Focus: Tyler Matthew Oyer

24 Jan

Leading up to “TRANSMISSION: Part 1 and Part 2” – a traveling two-night video exhibition – we will feature one artist in the show every few days on this blog. “Part 1″ will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (7:30-9:30pm) on January 24th, and “Part 2″ will be at the Orange County Museum of Art (5:00-7:00pm) on February 8th. Today’s focus is interdisciplinary artist Tyler Matthew Oyer.

Tyler Matthew Oyer (b. 1987, PA) loves glitter. Not necessarily for the crafty purposes it is most acquired for, but for its cheap, artificial attempt at lavish glitz. It bears a likeness to the mythology of American culture that Oyer is fixated upon: a promise of the sensational with a delivery of the meretricious. With his glittering, patent leather, gold lamé-clad theatricality, Oyer’s performances are a controlled experiment in the disorienting cabaret we know so well; a quest for meaningful values despite the distraction of flamboyant showmanship, prose, and verse. In his ongoing “Gone for Gold” production, Oyer puts on a dizzying spectacle of rhyming verse and seven songs that tell an allegorical tale of the American condition. Rife with the exhibitionism that chokes modern entertainment, “Gone for Gold” poses critical questions about systems of value when faced with socioeconomic crises, but with all the flash we so easily cave to. Similarly, Oyer’s one-man production of “Hello Dolly!” is a frenetic parable for the multiplicity demanded of our natural and cultural states. As the artist frantically shifts between all of the original stage production’s character lines and songs, we are struck by his fervent ambition; an optimism that feels eerily familiar and fatigued.

Oyer received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He has shown in Los Angeles, New York, Oslo, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen, among many other cities. His work is currently on view at REDCAT (CA), and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.



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