Tyler Starr currently lives and works in Davidson, NC where he is also a Professor of Studio Art at Davidson College. Starr is interested in the ways printed information maps human endeavors and uses digital and traditional printmaking, blending in techniques from Japanese art traditions, to depict radical attempts to redress perceived problems in the world. Redress Papers, (featured on Convoy) is composed of photogravures depicting illumination and theatrical attempts to redress humanity’s infractions in the form of vengeful Japanese film monsters (kaiju). The series is influenced by his experience living in Tokyo for seven years near Toho studios where many of the kaiju films were created. Starr’s incorporates meticulous investigation of material from primary documents and the forms of his visualizations are influenced by pocket-sized printed ephemera such as touristic brochures that present digestible history of sites with troublesome associations, souvenir postcards, and used car classifieds found at truck stops.
Starr received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. In 1998, Starr was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland. He graduated with a PhD in Studio Arts from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts in 2011 where he was a recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship. His has been featured in exhibitions at Yale University’s Haas Arts Library, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Liège, Belgium, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan.