DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present Analogue Future, RUSSELL TYLER’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Influenced by the crude digital landscapes of outdated 8-bit graphics and the utopian visions of 1960s and 1970s science fiction films, TYLER’s heavily impastoed oil paintings are the legacy of unmet hopes and promised ideals.

“There is a shallow depth to the paintings as well as a simple color language. I see my interaction with the picture plane as not unlike my relationship with the screen. There is a sense of the hypothetical; the paintings could be settings for actions that will never take place. They are blurred memories of the technologies I grew up with. These imaging systems inform both how I compose each painting as well as how they are read by the viewer.”

The foreclosed spaces of TYLER’s paintings speak to the influence of the fantastic promises of the once newly born Space Age and the glittering, unrealized premises of science fiction. The digital chunkiness of 8-bit imagery finds its analogue in TYLER’s geometric constructions, suggesting the use of technologies after their heyday and the nostalgic references which failed to deliver.

RUSSELL TYLER lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from the Pratt Institute in 2010. Other solo exhibitions include B15 Gallery (Copenhagen), Fouladi Projects (San Francisco), EbersMoore Gallery (Chicago) and Freight + Volume (New York). Group exhibitions include Acid Summer at DCKT Contemporary as well as exhibitions at Denny Gallery (New York), James Graham & Sons (New York) and Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art (San Francisco). TYLER’s work has been featured in publications including Hyperallergic, San Francisco Arts Quarterly and Beautiful Decay.

The exhibition will be on view at DCKT Contemporary, 21 Orchard Street (between Canal & Hester).

Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon – 6pm. Please note that the gallery will be closed December 25-27 and January 1-2.

For further information, please contact Dennis Christie or Ken Tyburski at the gallery.

Russell Tyler

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