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Tyler Shields
A Solo Exhibition






Tyler Shields has been dubbed “Hollywood’s favorite photographer” for his work with celebrities; but more impressive than his star-studded cast are the narrative yarns he spins in every image. His photographs contain equal parts glamor and violence—seemingly pulling you in as they push you away. Shields pairs signifiers of wealth, power, violence, beauty and the grotesque to create fantasies containing the contradictions of modern life. Featured in Shields’ photographs are movie stars, models, guns, cars, high fashion brands, and a Tarantino-esque use of blood.

The tools of visual representation have been dispersed to the masses to create a new media. Produced and consumed by the same actors, digitally perfected, modified, shared, accelerated, accessed by multitudes in an instant, lost in the wake of the next thing, rediscovered, recycled, remixed and memed, all in a breath. This is Shields’ playground.


Shields’ work easily traverses this image-object wasteland, in which ever-shortening attention spans crave newness and shock. Shields delivers on both of these fronts with sensational images which place their subject in a sensuality and special effects fueled larger-than-life fantasy. His work cuts through a mass media-driven economy of images by engaging with the most visually represented echelon of culture—celebrity—and blowing up the traditional image making process.

In so doing, Shields treads the line between art and editorial. He draws attention to the image itself, rather than relying on the subject’s star power—be it Tony Hawk, Lindsay Lohan, or an Hermes bag. His work is in dialogue with a long tradition of fashion photographers interested in blurring this boundary.

Shields lives and works in LA. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and you can read about his work here.


October 5 - November 29, 2019


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