Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Tyler Beard

#95: Tyler Beard

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.

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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.

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