Called an "interdisciplinary gospel immortalist" by Kembra Pfahler of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Tyler Matthew Oyer is an artist, writer, organizer, and educator based in Los Angeles. His work reconsiders the past as something not gone, but as material and ideas that live in and through us, shaping how we see ourselves and our world. His multimedia performance works theatricalize historical problems and social struggles as ways of staging social relations and politics in order to create the opportunity for critical reflection and to imagine new futures.
His work has been presented at MoMA PS1, REDCAT, The Getty Museum, dOCUMENTA (13), Hammer Museum, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, Munch Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach, Bergen Kunstall, Rogaland Kunstsenter, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, High Desert Test Sites, Highways Performance Space, Human Resources LA, Silencio Paris, MIX NYC, Ekebergparken Oslo, Surge Festival Madrid, and the Orange County Museum of Art.
He has written works of performance including CALLING ALL DIVAS, GONE FOR GOLD, Shimmy Shake Earthquake, La Bola Negra, and 100 Years of Noise: Beyoncé is ready to receive you now.
His debut music project, RELEASE DELUXE, is available on all major music platforms. His feature film adaptation of Charles Ludlam's Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide premiered in 2017.
Oyer is the founder of tir journal, an online platform for queer, feminist, and underrepresented voices.
He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2012 and has offered workshops and lectures at CalArts, Bard College, Occidental College, University of Southern California Santa Barbara, Penn State University, Southern Exposure, and Grand Central Art Center.
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.
photo: Lucas Bihler