Tyler Bernard Anthony: A Time To…

Featuring work by: Tyler Bernard Anthony

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“I love magnifying how we sometimes make the world more complicated than it has to be. Through awareness of the past and future we fall into anxiety and fear. God gives us metaphors all throughout the world on how to handle these feelings. Look at the birds. They’re not bothered. They keep moving. Stagnant water breeds bacteria. If we mirror the processes found in nature, our life gets a little smoother.”

-Tyler Bernard Anthony

A Very Serious Gallery is proud to present A Time To… by Chicago-based artist Tyler Bernard Anthony. Including over 12 new paintings and an interactive psycho-visual installation that tests the spatial IQ of the viewer, this exhibition marks the first ever presentation of Anthony’s work.

This solo presentation will open concurrently alongside of Justin Mensinger's "Reflections". 


In a world full of unpredictability and complications, Tyler Bernard Anthony creates structure through an unbending commitment to his painting practice. Working daily, Anthony believes that discipline provides freedom and repetition makes way for progress. This manifests in deeply personal oil paintings that are surreal yet formal, and figurative yet abstract. Considering topics such as evolution, the passing of time, our natural world, and other human experiences, Anthony’s work provides an intimate look into the balance of chaos and order.  


In this exhibition, Anthony debuts a series of environmental still lifes that depict a golden figure held against hazy backdrops of Chicago’s more pastoral landscapes. Vaguely human, the figure appears to dance across the horizon at different times of day and is held by the artist’s own hand. The final work is an oil painting of a photograph of a sculpture, among nature. This purposeful layering of process collapses traditional singularities of making. Instead Anthony considers the sculpture as the foundation, the photo as the conduit, and the painting as the final meditation on the truth and wonder of the natural world. 

Finding influence in similarly layered making practices, Anthony cites musical influences of Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, and Leonard Cohen, along with the work of visual artists Jasper Johns, Basquiat, Louis Bourgeois, and Duchamp, to name a few. These influences can be seen throughout the work, which depict intertwined, almost writhing bodies on a backdrop of nameless landscapes. They evoke a sense of planned randomness, and, upon a further look, a sense of calm. This duality unites Anthony’s diverse practice as he cultivates bodies of work that bridge the gap between our conscious and subconscious minds.  



Photo by Clay Kerr/Adapted

Tyler Bernard Anthony (b. 1993) creates oil paintings that consider that life is a balance of chaos and order. Choosing to live his life constructively instead of destructively, Anthony has created and maintains a set of rules that guides his practice and approach to art making. Anthony lives and works in Chicago, IL.  

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