|The Consumer Reels in the Hero|
|96"" x 65""|
|Inkjet Print / Collage|
|48" " x 36""|
|35" x 96"|
|Consume (the Stand)|
|81" x 42"|
|21" x 22"|
|The Celebrity Distracts the Workers|
|48"" x 96""|
|Agent of Change|
|Inkjet Print, Collage|
|50"" x 30""|
|Healthy Competition Amongst the Workers|
|75"" x 40""|
|The Workers Rally Upon the Fall of the Hero|
|72"" x 40""|
|The New Celebrity Emerges|
|33"" x 128""|
|Healthy Competition ... III|
|66" x 39"|
|Statement||Bio / CV|
|Statement||Bio / CV|
I am intending to portray common societal behavior as outstanding and violent events. These moments display the impacts of our larger social relationships. The tenets of my work give preference to qualities favored by group-level natural selection (as described by Edward O. Wilson) - concern for others, social awareness, future awareness, division of labor.
These attributes are what allow for a strong social organism to grow, countered by strong individual ones: if a selfish character was in competition with a banded group of selfless ones, selection should favor the group. Unfortunately, this is not the case in contemporary Western society and this is developed in the work.
This ethic is portrayed as victim to the dramatic, egregious behavior that often appears as the dominant element in each piece. The – usually larger – individuals who are manipulating or overbearing groups of others seem to be in control, in power and in comfort.
The proposed characters in these drawings utilize aggrandized behavior to describe their relationships to one another and their role within the contained event. These characters are offshoots of my original roles – the worker, hero, celebrity and consumer – but retain very little of their visual specificity. By removing the cues for individual character types, I am allowing this behavior to explain the qualities of each figure within the piece – qualities such as self-adoration, deviousness, and helplessness.
These characteristics are attributed to non-specific individuals at a given moment; they are no longer assigned to a larger social group, especially not as exclusive traits. Violence, manipulation, pain, desire, these are things expressed by those who make up a group, not the mask that defines a group.
Artist Bio / CV
Tyler Zeleny (b. 1990, Brunswick, OH) is a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) recipient from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), majoring in Drawing with a minor in Animation and a Creative Writing Concentration. He is a recipient of four-year scholarships: the Ospanik Scholarhip, Horvath Scholarship and CIA Portfolio Scholarship, and additional awards including the David and Anne Deming Award and the Cleveland Institute of Art's Board of Director's Award. His work has been exhibited at Survival Kit Gallery (2012), Legation a Gallery (2011), Forum Artspace (2011) and was frequently a part of exhibitions at CIA including the Student Independent Exhibition 66 (2012) and EMIT Film and Video Festival (2010). Tyler currently assists and teaches Continuing Education classes at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Zeleny lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.