Tyler Rowland

1. -How and when you first met Harry Roseman — Harry was my sculpture professor and mentor at Vassar College. I can’t remember when we first met (probably through Richard Bosman, my printmaking and drawing professor) but I would trace the start of our friendship to the first sculpture class I took in the Fall of 1998. It was a life changing experience that I will always remember and the turning point of when I decided to devote my life to being an artist.

2. – A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement. — Tyler Rowland was born in Reno, Nevada next to Circus Circus Casino but ironically he never lived there. Instead, he grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and now he lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts and one day he will die somewhere (?). But until then, he is mostly consumed by his banausic and moral responsibilities of being an artist (and a teacher). Using himself and the objects and information that surround him, Tyler is interested in making art that has social value and that contributes to a larger cultural critique. Currently, he is in the process of repainting Gustave Courbet’s The Stonebreakers (1850), which helped ignite the Realist movement and was one of the first depictions of the proletariat class. Unfortunately, this artwork perished in the fire bombings of Dresden in 1945 and since its cultural impact has dissipated. Tyler’s goal is to reintroduce Courbet’s work and philosophies back into the dialogue of current cultural production. He also is becoming a zebra on February 14, 2007 as the fifth installment of a thirteen-year live art project entitled, Artist’s Uniform.

— July 2007