CULTURE CULTURE is a multi-media odyssey into the professionalism of contemporary art.
Evan Tyler who is also a director of a gallery in Toronto analyzes the rules and rituals of contemporary art culture and how the individual acts within it. Like any other culture, gallery culture expects its participants to subscribe to a certain lifestyle. This often comes with a loaded bank of anxieties that participants negate or embrace depending on how comfortable they are with the realities of their intentions and choices.
CULTURE CULTURE incubates several trends and realities of the contemporary art infrastructure and presents them as micro-cultures that appear playful and ridiculous: Whether it be a didactic panel that covers all bases, depression and art grants, networking with important people or the trend of making art about the art market itself, CULTURE CULTURE takes a humorous stab at the trajectory of success by design.
And the viewer becomes part of this culture when s/he steps into the gallery space. How does s/he position him/herself to it. Does s/he belong to the polished and profound individuals of the gallery infrastructure that Tyler deals with in his works? The viewer is left with a medley of text works, mixed-media, videos, drawings and photographs that provoke those questions. The personal lives of fictional characters are exposed: A man in a white suite diving through mayonnaise, or a curator-cat philosophizing about the art scene of the 90s. Anxiety, fetish, confusion and cynicism thread these works together into a playful and awkward art show.
Evan Tyler employs humor and the absurd as entry-points into acknowledging social behavior as well as the models, tropes and templates inherent of contemporary culture. His current works relates to metropolitanism and the urban uniform, examining the conversations and trends that occupy frenetic environments.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Evan Tyler grew up making home movies and rap recordings. The Fine Arts Program at the University of Regina honed his multi-media practice and in 2008 he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA), majoring in Intermedia.
Tyler currently resides in Toronto, Ontario, where he is the owner and director of all programming at gallerywest, a contemporary art gallery located at 1172 Queen St West.
Exhibition organised/ curated by Theresia @Kurt