Shimmy Shake Earthquake

For his first show at Cirrus Gallery, Tyler Matthew Oyer staged an operetta entitled “Shimmy Shake Earthquake”. Performing alongside sculptures, images, and installation Oyer sets an original libretto amongst twisted tropes of Americana; a glittered mid-century modern living room, allegorical tales of faulty nationalism, and an abstracted discotheque of possibility. Leading his audience through a series of acts, Oyer adopts the caricatured roles of hypnotist, lecturer, and nightclub performer. By manipulating forms of popular entertainment, Oyer allegorically presents a diverse audience with the complexities of material and immaterial value and their relation to the socio-political landscape.

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