Tyler Lotz’s sculptures and vessels have been shown in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Dubhe Carreño Gallery – Chicago IL, Cervini Haas Gallery/Gallery Materia – Scottsdale, AZ, Harvey/Meadows Gallery – Aspen, Co, Santa Fe Clay – NM, The Clay Studio – Philadelphia, PA, and SOFA Chicago. His work has been presented abroad at The First World Ceramic Biennale Korea and 2010 Vallauris Biennale Internationale in Vallauris, France. Tyler’s work has been acquired by collections including the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, in Missouri, and the Icheon World Ceramic Center in Korea. Publications including Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and the Clay In Art International Yearbook have featured his work. He has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and at the Watershed Center for Ceramics in Newcastle, Maine. Having received his BFA from Penn State and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Tyler is currently an Associate Professor teaching at Illinois State University.
Historically, man’s relationship with nature has been one of intervention, marked by the human drive to tame its wildness, use its resources and shape it in its own image. My sculpture is a speculative response to the many ways in which we remake nature to suit our own purposes. It questions the assumption that “the artificial” could be an acceptable stand-in for “the real” in regards to human interaction with our natural world. This is examined through a multi-faceted lens that includes ideas like a longing for wilderness and my concern for the developing global environmental emergency.
I intend for my sculptures to have the sensibility of synthetic, fabricated and built objects and environments. Their materiality is at once natural and artificial, organic and manufactured. What is artificial would not simply be a binary for nature, but rather a man-made rendition of something that already exists or a simulation. Jean Baudrillard poses that the “real” no longer exists and that everything is now a simulation. So if nature is “real”, and if the “real” no longer exists, then must nature now be redefined?
More information about Tyler can be found at: tylerlotz.com