Tyler Shields

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Tyler Shields :  le réel ludique et l'érotisme ironique

par Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret


Tyler Shields, Andrew Weiss Gallery, Santa Monica, California

 
Tyler Shields est le maître des narrations photographiques ironiques et léchées. Tout est impeccable si bien que le réel semble un songe avec souvent bien des références cinématographiques aux films « de genre » (érotique, suspense pas exemple). Néanmoins l'artiste américain les peint, les épile, les maquille superbement. L'image ne cherche plus à singer la réalité même si c'est bien elle qui pourtant est choisi comme support et base aux fantaisies de l'artiste. Il pourrait donc reprendre à son compte le « je suis la matière de mes rêves » de Michaux.

Tylers Shields Courtesy Andrew Weiss Gallery Santa Monica

Tylers Shields Courtesy Andrew Weiss Gallery Santa Monica

Le réel devient le prétexte à des ex-votos capables d'édulcorer sa crasse. L'artiste  montre comment un réel lorsqu'il fantaisiste par décalage et hygiène  paraît fantastique en sa plasticité. Trop vrai pour être pris comme argent comptant une féerie fait racine en des scénographies paradisiaques même lorsque le sujet ne s'y prête pas forcément.

Tylers Shields Courtesy Andrew Weiss Gallery Santa Monica
 Tylers Shields Courtesy Andrew Weiss Gallery Santa Monica

L'amer des chairs est effacé : ne reste que le parfum de femmes carapaçonées dans leur régime. Elles semblent émettre des oh, des ah au milieu des Pepsi-Cola. Il y des bleus Giotto ou Botticelli. On dira de la photographie  que c'est de la peinture ou une image fixe d'un film muet. Exit le réel rugueux. L'âme n'y est que prothèse et les corps bien balancés. Le sexe saccade  le fantasme uniquement par ironie. C'est dans la tête par où ça passe sous fond de Rock and Roll ou de musique d'Henry Mancini. Chaque photographie n'a qu'un mobile :  "prenez soin de vous" rappelle l'artiste dans ses   polyphonies visuelles ludiques.

Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret

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May 19, 2015 until June 30, 2015

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA—Andrew Weiss Gallery is pleased to present Historical Fiction, an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based photographer Tyler Shields. Historical Fiction was photographed in locations across the United States over a period of twelve months through early 2015. These large-scale color-saturated and black and white photographs are the artist’s powerful interpretations of iconic moments and individual reactions to 1960s American political and pop culture history including the first men on the moon, the disbanding of The Beatles, the Golden Age of air travel, racial violence, and the deaths of James Dean, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Marilyn Monroe. The series also includes a four-minute video installation featuring Nathan Fillion and Christa B. Allen called Man on the Moon. Historical Fiction reflects on the complicated, controversial, and emotional times of one of the most influential eras in modern history in ways that have never been seen before.  The series will be on view at Andrew Weiss Gallery from May 19, 2015 until June 27, 2015.

About Historical Fiction Tyler Shields says, “No matter what age you are and no matter where you were, tragic moments in history such as 9/11, JFK, and Martin Luther King, Jr. impact us.  Other moments may influence us in a different way and can have a lasting effect, like first time you travel in an airplane, are inspired by art, see a magic trick, or fall in love.” Shields continues, “With Historical Fiction, I have tried to create a narrative of history frozen in time, as if each image were part of a book where the first and last 100 pages have been torn out, and the story is for you to decipher.  What happened before and what happened after is only up to the imagination of the viewer, and it's that viewer that can envision themselves in many of these moments.”

A second phase of the exhibition, a series within the series of works inspired by Marilyn Monroe, will open just before the anniversary of her birthday on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

About Tyler Shields

Tyler Shields is an American photographer known for his provocative and sometimes controversial work. Shields was born in 1982 in Jacksonville, Florida. He began his photography career there in 2003 and published his first book just two years later. Tyler Shields has had over twenty solo exhibitions worldwide including Imitate Modern, London, England; Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Samuel Lynne Gallery, Dallas, TX; Guy Hepner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Andrew Weiss Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Shields has published three books and has a fourth on the way for 2016. Tyler Shields lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

About Andrew Weiss Gallery

Specializing for over 40 years in the works of Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and Dali, as well as today's emerging contemporary artists and photographers, the Andrew Weiss Gallery offers an extensive collection of original paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and ceramics to its exclusive international private clientele and galleries worldwide. Located in Santa Monica, California, this gallery is the latest of four previous galleries owned by Weiss in major cities nationally. The gallery also specializes in Hollywood fine photography, featuring rare photographs from the 1930's to present as well as the world's largest archive of Marilyn Monroe original photographs. A third generation art dealer, Andrew Weiss is a founding member of the IFAA (International Fine Art Appraisers) and is well renowned worldwide for his expertise.

 

 

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