Calling All Divas
Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 2018
OOF Books is pleased to present "Calling All Divas": a solo show featuring the work of artist Tyler Matthew Oyer.
In this installation, Oyer’s poems are reflections on / conversations with queer, femme, HIV+ radical inspiring individuals. This edition is made up of poems for Kembra Pfahler, Ron Athey, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Paul Thek, Grace Jones + Keith Haring, Jack Smith, Charles Ludlam, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Federico García Lorca, and David Wojnarowicz. These works dance with themes of legacy, inheritance, loss, fandom, idol worship, archiving and tenderness.
The screening includes works that broaden the methods of these imaginings across artistic practices that engage “impossible” queer dialogues and imaginings. Perhaps an impossible dialogue is always already queer? The video program features works by Aykan Safoglu, Emily Roysdon, Martin Jacob Nielsen, Ming Wong, Harold Offeh, Conrad Ventur, and Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel.
Tyler Matthew Oyer is an artist, writer, organizer, and educator based in Los Angeles. He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2012. He has performed at MoMA PS1, REDCAT, The Getty Museum, dOCUMENTA (13), Hammer Museum, Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, Munch Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach, Bergen Kunstall, Rogaland Kunstsenter, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Human Resources LA, Silencio Paris, MIX NYC, and the Orange County Museum of Art. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, and Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona.
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