Denny Gallery is pleased to announce Russell Tyler, Radiant Fields, running from May 3 to June 14, 2015. This is Tyler’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Russell Tyler creates geometric paintings redolent of both the history of abstract painting and the contemporary image space of the computer screen. While sensuous and tactile, with expressively applied oil paint and rich impasto, Tyler’s work is also highly structured and unfolds with deliberate shifts in color schemes and forms. The work invites a playful dialogue with several dueling movements from the history of abstraction, including Minimalism, Concrete Art, and Expressionism. While Tyler’s work shows the strong influence of artists from these movements such as Josef Albers, the work is also distinctly of its time, related to digital technologies both outmoded and new. The unfolding blocks of color refer to the computer’s organization of virtual dimensional space on a flat surface. In Radiant Fields, Tyler unveils new gestural paintings without the geometric structure of the earlier work. The emergence of these paintings in Tyler’s work exposes his deeper artistic character, prizing openness, flexibility, humor, and surprise.
Russell Tyler (b. 1981, Summertown, Tennessee) lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received his M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and his B.F.A. from Concordia University in Montreal. He has had solo exhibitions at DCKT Contemporary in New York City, Freight + Volume in New York City, Alon Segev Gallery in Tel Aviv, Gordon Gallery 2 in Tel Aviv, B15 Gallery in Copenhagen, Fouladi Projects in San Francisco, and EbersMoore Gallery in Chicago. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design, New Britain Museum of American Art, Ana Cristea Gallery, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, ACME (Los Angeles), among others. He has received reviews in Artforum, Hyperallergic, NY Arts Magazine, and Le Monde.
Please join us for an opening reception for the artist, Russell Tyler, on May 3, 6-8 pm.