The collage work of Kansas native Tyler Beard features textures, landscape and hard angles meeting in zen simplicity and sometimes flying off into sculptural planes. The results are interesting enough to have ended up in the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, MCA Denver and Aspen's Anderson Ranch, as well as Robischon Gallery, where Beard is a member of the stable. Clean and modern work indicates clean and modern thought: Read on for Tyler Beard's answers to the 100CC questionnaire.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why? One of the first people who comes to mind is filmmaker Michel Gondry. He made The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and a few others. In Science of Sleep, his prop-making blends with odd sets and a fantastical dreamlike reality that really worked for me. It would be an exciting project to hang out together, write a story, create the world for this narrative and then transform the ideas into a film. Afterward, the evidence of the film (props, storyboards, sets, etc.) could be exhibited in a museum or gallery. Michel once exhibited some of his props at Deitch Projects in New York City. I enjoyed how the objects and components of his making had another life or function first before they were experienced in a gallery/art format. What's one art trend you want to see die this year? I have a hard time with the idea of trends. It seems like a concept often explored by critics or people who enjoy compartmentalizing the artwork of others. Also, I see visual culture from one artist to another frequently sourcing or responding to aspects of the other's good work, consciously and unconsciously. In that way, I feel like it is unrealistic to stand on the concept of true originality.
I can say that I dislike glitter, and I think it is a challenging material to use well in art. So if someone uses a little bit of glitter this year, good luck, and I look forward to you proving me wrong with a work that is truly great.
Continue reading for more from Tyler Beard. What's your day job? During the early hours, I spend time doing art-handling work at Robischon Gallery and the Denver Art Museum. My daytime is constructed out of a range of tasks, from installing and packing artworks to painting a group of pedestals. I can't complain -- I'm spending my days around art, talking about it and engaging with others in the community who also seem to care about it. After punching the clock, I head down to my space at Tank Studios and enjoy late-night sessions in my own studio. A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it? I think I would buy a large factory building and turn it into my studio. Also, I would create other private studios in this building for invited artists. With this patron's support, I could have a fully functioning workshop and the ability for others to draft off of my good fortune. What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts? I think the government should take a half-million dollars of the surplus money from retail marijuana sales and offer it directly to Colorado artists. I like to imagine there being $50 to $10,000 cash awards available each year in the state for artists. More available funds would certainly enable people to realize more ambitious projects and spend more hours in their studios. I genuinely believe that this investment on the state level would drastically change the creative landscape of Colorado. Continue reading for more from Tyler Beard.
Who is your favorite Colorado Creative? My favorite Colorado Creative is my fiancée, Amelia Carley. She is wicked smart, driven and working hard on an upcoming show at Forest Room 5. She is always excited to discuss a wide range of ideas, and we storm down to Tank Studios, where we both have workspaces, to crank out new art for upcoming exhibitions. What's on your agenda in the coming year? Right now, I am in the process of producing new works for an upcoming solo show at Robischon Gallery in Denver this July. Following that, I am getting married in August. In September, I have a two-person exhibition with Jason Manley at the Central Utah Art Center in Salt Lake City.
Who do you think will get noticed in the local arts community in 2014? I recently attended the first event of the collaborative group Nothing To See Here, called the TV is with us. Nothing To See Here is run by Adan De Garza and Christina Battle. I think they are filling some noticeable voids in the local art atmosphere by focusing on screening a mash-up of video performances, documentaries, experimental film and sound art. They have another event titled LOUD!!! coming up at the Sidewinder Tavern on April 5. Also I am looking forward to a new project space called DATELINE. This space organized by Adam Milner and Jeromie Dorrance is located at 3004 Larimer Street. Their first group exhibition opens on March 28. Learn more about Tyler Beard online. Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.
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