Hofstra University’s Rosenberg Gallery is proud to present works by mixed-media artist Tyler Starr, in a self-titled exhibit, on display through March 24. The Rosenberg Gallery, housed in the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History, is located on the first floor of Calkins Hall, South Campus. The monochromatic show features a combination of drawings, stencils, and collages on paper.
Inspired by printed information, like declassified FBI documents, and how they have been used to map human endeavors, Starr has traveled the world on merit scholarships in pursuit of a rich education in fine arts. In 2011 he graduated from his fourth art school, Tokyo University of the Arts, in Japan, with a PhD in Studio Arts. He now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, teaching drawing and printmaking at Davidson College.
Starr’s work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Liège in Belgium, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan.
One of Starr’s most distinguished works available at the Rosenberg Gallery is “Auto Record,” an accordion pamphlet based on the 1979 Greensboro Massacre in North Carolina. “Auto Record” visualizes two vehicle processions involved, the KKK and Associates Procession and the Communist Workers Party Anti-Klan Parade. A confrontation between the two groups turned to use of firearms and the death of five CWP members. Based strictly on declassified FBI documents, “Auto Record” captures the essence of the massacre and is accompanied by text that provides an accurate dissemination of the facts surrounding the still-controversial incident.
In addition to “Auto Record,” the Rosenberg exhibition features notable works in Starr’s signature styles of graphite and lacquer on Japanese papers, including pieces from his Lover’s Leap Series and Hell and High Water.
Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at 516-463-5474.
Reported by Cassidy Lang and Alaysia Williams