Size: 27"W x 33"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
I am inspired greatly by communication and language in particular which I try to approach conceptually through painting. Dissonance between form and content is achieved when language is transformed into art, projecting it into the realm of ornament. Through the study of modern modes of communication, i find that it reveals an inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities. I also consider this to be a metaphor for movement; for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss.
Tyler Steele Taller Still (°1987, San Francisco, United States) is an artist who mainly works with painting. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, Steele tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. His paintings are on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts. By emphasising aesthetics, he often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated. His works sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. By choosing mainly formal solutions, he seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. His works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned.