An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...
Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...
Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...
Keith Tyson was interviewed at the David Risley Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark by Kasper Bech Dyg.
English artist Keith Tyson lays claim to a broad and diverse range of contemporary artwork produced over the course of his nearly 30-year career—a career defined by the extensive examination of a variety of generative processes. He has exhibited in galleries across Britain, Europe, the United States, Asia, and South America, including Turner prize retrospectives in England (2007, Tate Britain) and Japan (2008, Mori Art Museum). His works also feature in prominent international collections including those of the Centre Pompidou, The Museum of Modern Art, the South London Gallery, Tate Modern, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, and the Arts Council Collection.
Spanning the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, Tyson's works delve into practices of pop, abstraction, and conceptual art. Across this wide field, the artist's practice continually morphs and transforms, but it consistently looks to concerns such as the comprehension of natural and manmade systems, as well as the physical and conceptual forces involved in the process of creating things. Within these fields, he has expressed interest in the complexity and interconnectivity of the cosmos, having stated that 'Our world is full of intricately connected systems and events. I'm simply trying to make work in collaboration with them.'
Tyson started his working life as an apprentice engineer involved in making nuclear submarines before deciding to pursue a career in art. He graduated from the Carlisle College of Art in 1990 and completed an MA in Alternative Practice at the University of Brighton in 1993. Playfully combining his logical, scientific background with visual art, he made his debut on the art scene in the 1990s with his 'Artmachine' series. Artworks from this series reflected the artist's interest in the interplay of logical scientific method and chance in how things come into being. Of the works produced the artist told Glenn Brown in an interview for BOMB Magazine that 'they all talk about the mystery that anything exists as opposed to there being nothing at all'. The Artmachine was a semi-conceptual device—not a single machine but a collection of computer programmes, charts, and books, used in unison to draw together instructions that determined the artist's work. These ranged from presenting conspiracy theories around KFC to a photographic depiction on canvas of a flower stall, solar eclipse, hammer or foreskin. While most of the more than 12,000 proposals generated by the Artmachine are unmade, the artist did realise a number of works, referred to as 'Artmachine Iterations'. These works became the basis of his earliest exhibitions, such as From the Artmachine (14 Iterations) at Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (1995).
From the early 2000s, Tyson moved towards a more direct artistic method. In the 2001 Venice Biennale, he presented the installation Drawing and Thinking (2001), which included The Thinker (After Rodin) (2001). The Thinker brings Rodin's subject into the 21st century by replacing the human form with a 12-foot black column containing a bank of computers running an artificial life programme; the machine thinks but its thoughts are impenetrable. The following year, Tyson became the 18th recipient of the Turner Prize. The installation for the Prize included The Thinker (After Rodin), as well as Bubble Chambers: 2 Discrete Molecules of Simultaneity—a diptych incorporating vividly coloured speech bubbles connecting two random and disparate events that occurred on the same day.
A defining work of Tyson's practice is his Large Field Array (2006). First exhibited at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, the large-scale installation is named after a field of radio telescopes in New Mexico. Just as the telescopic array focuses on one spot from multiple viewpoints to build a clear picture, Tyson's combination of more than 300 distinct sculptural forms—each uniformly two square feet and evenly spaced in a cubic pattern across the gallery wall and floor space—explores the unseen cosmically linked forces that are the fabric of our reality. Drawing science and logic together with fiction and the surreal, the variety of objects within the array—from mathematical models to giant coffee mugs and houses of cards—are all connected in some way; the viewer's challenge is to recognise these physical and conceptual links.
In a number of works, Tyson explores the interconnectedness of the cosmos through his own subconscious. In works such as Nature Painting (2010) Tyson follows the method of the action painter, pouring a mixture of paint onto an aluminium surface. Unlike most action painters, however, he has scientifically predetermined the outcome of this pour based on physics and mathematics. Underpinning most of the artist's career has been a process of sketching, which he used to create a series called 'Studio Wall Drawings' (1997–ongoing). This series comprises sketches existing between, in the artist's words, 'a sketchbook, a drawing, a painting, a journal, and a poem'. The collection of drawn thoughts explores the artist's associative responses to ideas around him.
In a recent series, Tyson purposefully confined himself to the genre of still life painting to explore how art is a product of context. His output within this confine is displayed in the exhibition Life Still at Hauser and Wirth London (22 May–7 September 2019). Works such as Light, Mass and Acceleration (2018) layer together formal aspects of painting from disparate cultures and time periods—traditional realism is combined with the title's Futurist preoccupations, as well as the geometric patterns of Op art. Culture, art, and history are played out in layers upon the artist's canvas. While formally exploring how surrounding context of a painting can determine its outcome, the act of combing disparate visual motifs reflects upon the globalisation of modern society while still operating within the time-honoured tradition of still-life painting.
Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and Kohei Nawa discuss the artist's recent sculptures and installations, including Throne, on view under the Louvre Pyramid until January 14, 2019.
From now until 25 December 2015, visitors to the Enoshima Aquarium in Kanagawa, Japan are immersed in a field of digital nature projected onto the Big Sagami Bay tank filled with aquatic life. The installation Flowers and Fish by Japanese studio teamLab depicts botanical forms, leaves, and petals slowly floating across the surface of the water...
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