Tyler Matthew Oyer’s Venus 2.0 at Human Resources Gallery

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Set within a fantastic and dystopian dream-like sculptural and light installation, Tyler Matthew Oyer’s (Art MFA 12) newest performance piece, Venus 2.0, runs Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 at Human Resources Gallery in Los Angeles.

The show combines Oyer’s history with and research into nightclubs, esoteric rituals, experimental and queer theater, and altered states of reflection, ecstasy, and togetherness. Featuring Oyer and co-choreographer Kevin Zambrano (Dance BFA 18), the dance component is inspired by the orbital patterns of Earth and Venus around the sun, symbolizing queer relationality beyond this planet and liberation from forces of oppression. Oyer anchors the piece with his original music album, Berlin Alien.

Venus 2.0 was curated by School of Art faculty Clara López Menéndez and features lighting design by Berlin-based artist Veslemøy Rustad Holseter, and stage design by Luc Sequeira.

Based in Los Angeles and Europe, Oyer is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, musician, and educator. Their work has been showcased at venues such as MoMA PS1, The Getty Museum, dOCUMENTA (13), Hammer Museum, MOCA Los Angeles, The Broad Museum, and Art Basel Miami Beach, among others. Alongside visual and performance art, they have produced several music albums including Release Deluxe (2017) and Berlin Alien 2023). They also founded tir journal, a digital platform dedicated to amplifying queer, feminist, and marginalized voices.

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PUBLISHED BY Elizabeth McRae

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