Tyler Giordano just wants to make what he calls a “coherent thing.”
And that “coherent thing” he’s referring to is five years’ work of woodblock carvings, lithographs, and oil paintings all fused into a series he calls “FILE,” a collection of all Giordano’s work he does outside of more serious school work.
“I see the medium and push it as far as I can. A lot of it is crinkled. A lot of it is stuff I see every day: relationships with people, things I see around town and the things I know. Its taking everything from the last five years and kind of… mashing it together,” says Giordano, who isn’t a stranger to exhibitions, with past shows in Boston, New York, and Miami.
Giordano also used to do live painting in bars and venues in New York with his friends — and although he admits it was a little gimmicky, it got him used to creating work with no expectations for their success (or failure).
And with the work featured in “FILE,” Giordano is just as happy-go-lucky. “With stuff like this, you just have to say it is what it is and this is just me… Sometimes I get worked up in the day and I just paint. I can’t decide what comes out. I don’t really have too many expectations.”
Perhaps that has something to do with Giordano’s work ethic, which seems to be incredibly rigorous despite his casual approach to the show. “This stuff is just me having free time; what else would I be doing with it? Something clicked in my brain where I said I have to start doing something now,” Giordano says on his ability to crank out so much work over the past months.
Giordano, who works completely from imagination, claims “it just comes out naturally. I don’t really look at too much art, honestly… a lot of it has to do with symbolism. From primitive influences to beyond natural.. I just kind of go with it and whatever comes out comes out — bright colors and super intricate stuff.”
And although “FILE’s” bright colors and complex designs seem fun, his alternative works (“the school stuff”) are all what Giordano calls “super white wall gallery works” rooted more strongly in conceptual ideas or traditional themes.
“This [work] is fun time. The other stuff are things I’d like to show later on that might be accepted [to major galleries],” says Giordano, who just wants people to come to the show to “have a good time and see some funky strange stuff.”
While Giordano argues that his school work is more “intellectually based,” it seems evident that no shortage of thought went into the creation of his own personal “FILE.” “Theres some serious [work] in this show,” says Giordano on his only expectations for the event. “Some of it took a long time. But I still think it’ll make people smile.”
“FILE” opens Friday night between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Sicky Nar Nar on 125 West Duffy Street.