March 23 – June 30, 2022
Jay Tyrrell is a featured artist in the Griffin @ Lafayette - Color Theory exhibition
Perhaps like you, I love to shop online, a click away from gratification. A truck rolls up and delivers your need, hardly having had to wait at all.
I recently moved to a semi-rural location, a brick and mortar store a drive away. All favorite things, endless imagined needs and desires are now ordered online. Suddenly the occasional package becomes a mountain of recyclables and I find myself trying to make sense of the pile. Packaging engineers have unlimited resources on shapes and materials designing a protective cocoon. Seeing these materials as inspiration to create sculptural objects to photograph and make art became the basis for this project.
Much can be said about this packaging’s effect on our environment, waste of resources and the strains it puts on our planet to cope with its aftermath. That has been and will continue to be the subject for other voices and work by other artists. I support that and have expressed my opinion many years ago.
However, my intent with this body of work is to make it playful, using bright colors as background including a sense of humor as I designed and titled these pieces. In this dark world we seem to orbit, a bit of whimsy seems important.Thank you to all those grade school art teachers for all the learned skills of gluing and cutting that were used to make the objects fly or hold them still.
Have you checked your recycling lately?
About Jay Tyrrell –
I finally got it. This curse that makes you see the world through your own lens and think you have to share it with others. That the only way out of a bad day is to make something and lose yourself in that expression. That the only reward worth noting is the joy of making art that pleases you and giving it away.