TYLER THRASHER

Untied States

The Sun Rises At Midnight
June 17th – July 8th 2017
Main Gallery

This month we welcome Tyler Thrasher to the gallery for an exhibit in our main gallery space.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” Albert Einstein

Inside a glass dish of green liquid similar looking to Windex the skull of a domestic goat is soaking, only its horns exposed. Beneath the surface chemical reactions planned and unplanned combine to grow large aqua marine crystals attached to the skull. In another dish you see a black liquid resting quietly while a submerged sea shell is being conjoined with hundreds of jagged amethyst crystals. On the chalkboard a complex chemical formula is written alongside a sketch of a crouching woman balancing moon on her back. This might sound like the laboratory of a mad scientist, which it is, but, it’s also an art studio where science and art unite with beautiful results.

Tyler Thrasher is a self taught artist and scientist. His insatiable curiosity for the natural world and his strong artistic instincts create captivating and mysterious results. This exhibit features a selection of crystallized skeletal specimens alongside drawings.

“The Sun Rises at Midnight” is a show that is a little more personal than my others. The drawings and illustrations I’ll be displaying are all depictions and interpretations of my life events and upbringing, all told through an alchemy and esoteric theme. The title is in reference to an event that occurs when an individual sees the potential and change within themselves at their darkest moment, during ‘Albedo’ or the “Whitening Phase”. All of the illustrations touch on this theme, the crystallized objects are a result of that phase in my life and an embodiment of my moving forward, exploring myself and the resulting curiosity.” – Tyler Thrasher

Nature and its respective curiosities. That is my current narrative and inspiration. My work has always spoken of and about the natural elements and microscopic ones that surround each and everyone of us, the tendencies for humans to trace and follow curious and natural callings, and most importantly, the importance of curiosity and experimentation.

For as long as I can recall, my work has revolved around these things, because I revolve around these things. I am driven by these elements, and in turn they are driving me. Most of my time is spent exploring, reacting to, and prodding nature. Taking any chance I can get to hike, look for caves, find rare plants, dance alongside the fundamental principles of molecular chemistry, and following EVERY SINGLE ITCH. Every calling, whether it be a faint whisper or more of a dire screaming that wakes me up in the middle of the night, I answer them. This tends to come across as sporadic and chaotic in my work and what I “want to do” but it couldn’t feel more natural and at peace. While scrolling through my site, you’ll get little glimpses of that knack to answer every calling. Rather it be chemistry, illustrating, painting, photography, music, writing, you name it. If I need it, I do it.

Your work with natural resources requires a thorough knowledge of chemistry, biology, etc – Do you have formal education in science?
I don’t have any school education in the sciences throughout college. I took some courses on my own, but no degree. I’ve been studying chemistry since high school and simply have a vast curiosity and respect for nature and the sciences that observe it. Most of my knowledge and experience is self taught and learned.

What is more important – Content or technique/equipment/etc?
That’s a hard one. With most things, I personally think that depends on what’s being created. Sometimes that content is bad. Or ugly. But the technique is impressive. Sometimes the content is incredible but the technique is to be expected or nothing really new (not that new is important necessarily.) It depends on the creative’s goal. Both have their place and are to be respected I think.

How many hours do your crystal pieces generally take to complete?
Anywhere from one week to two months. I’m working on some mineral synthesis projects that could possibly take two years. But the ones I usually display and sell online take a few weeks.

Have you had any chemical reactions that you regret?
Just one. There was ammonia and silver nitrate and I spilled Silver Nitrate and it stained a lot of things. And the ammonia was unbearable. No one got hurt, but it was messy and smelly.

What are some of the oddest responses you hear in regards to your work?
Oh this is good. Some very militant vegans are convinced that I find the specimens while they’re alive and I crystallize them. That is true and utter mad science. A few steps past what I do. I’ve had people think that I meticulously glue each crystal on, and when I tell them that I grow them directly on to the object, they flip. I had one woman repeatedly report my nude nature photography because she felt that the subjects weren’t true models or attractive enough, so the imagery was vulgar and pornographic as opposed to something else she thought they’d be. They’re totally not vulgar or pornographic, but I guess she felt since she wasn’t attracted to the models in the photos then they couldn’t be beautiful images? hahaha. That was a little infuriating. Needless to say she’s been blocked from seeing my work online, so there’s that. I’ve had people say they want to eat my work hahaha, I guess because it looks like rock candy.

Has anybody approached you about crystallizing their deceased pet, loved one or themselves?
OH yes. I get a lot of pet requests. Non have followed through. It’s more expensive than just burying them out back. I’ve had some people ask me to crystallize their remains, but I think that’s illegal. A few people have sent me very vulnerable and serious emails that I won’t touch on out of respect for those people, but have asked me to crystallize their remains, it’s a very flattering and conflicting thing to have to address, but like I said, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal.

What is currently influencing you that might surprise people?
Dungeons and Dragons. I fucking love DnD. I’m a Dungeon Master and host DnD nights at my studio with a small group of people in Tulsa. I have a huge and elaborate story I’ve wrote out with some killer characters and it’s been amazing. The story telling aspect, the world building, and the creativity that is demanded from being a Dungeon Master has given me and my work some new horizons and ideas.

Describe your work environment – Music, TV, Movies, things you drink/smoke, time of day etc
I go between listening to incredibly energetic electronic music and trance music, to listening to podcasts, to listening to nothing at all and sitting in total silence for hours. I don’t drink while I work because I get really excited and spacey and don’t get anything done haha, and my creative process is pretty sporadic and chaotic. I pretty much make shit when my brain turns on and demands the exercise. I work either really late at night or sometime in the afternoon! I don’t watch any TV, but I do watch fail compilations on Youtube a lot hahahahaha!

If you could choose only one, would you rather be thought of as a great artist or a nice person?
Nice person hands down. I would be equally as content if I thought I was a competent artist and no one else did or if I somehow knew everyone thought I was a great artist. Plus I know people who are great artists and are huge douche nuggets, and when I learn this first hand, I don’t give a shit about their work. I mean unless they’re making something literally no one else can, than why should their combat-able talent overwrite the decent person rule? haha. I would never hang a massive ass-hat’s work in my space, that’s all I would think about when I see it. Every morning, “Oh, that guy is such a cocklet.” Couldn’t do it haha. Plus if I lose the ability to make art, I’ll still have friends hahaha.

ARTWORK

Double Sided Poster
Media: Full color offset print on 100lb gloss
Size: 13 x 19 Inches
Double Sided - Click image to see reverse side
Not Signed or Numbered
Year: 2017
Price: $15 - Shipped in US
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Crystallized Conch Shells
Media: Set of 3 conch shells with "pyracmonite" crystals grown on to each specimen
Size: 2.5 x 1.5 x 2 Inches - Each
Year: 2017
Price: $350
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Crystallized Seashell
Media: Seashell with "amethyst" crystals grown on to specimen
Size: 2 x 2 x .5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $60
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Crystallized Raccoon Skull
Media: Raccoon skull with "pyracmonite" crystals grown on to specimen
Size: 4 x 3 x 3.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $900
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Crystallized Cat Skull
Media: Cat skull with "amethyst" crystals grown on to specimen
Size: 3.5 x 2 x 2.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $800
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Crystallized Duck Skull
Media: Duck skull with "pyracmonite" crystals grown on to specimen
Size: 5 x 1.5 x 2.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $800
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Crystallized Beaver Skull
Media: Beaver skull with "quartz" crystals grown on to specimen
Size: 5 x 3.5 x 2.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $700
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Crystallized Rabbit Skull
Media: Rabbit skull with "amethyst" crystals grown on to specimen
Size: 3.5 x 2 x 2.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $600
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Crystallized Pigeon Skeleton
Media: Articulated pigeon skeleton with "quartz" crystals grown on to specimen
Size: 6 x 6 x 7 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1500
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Crystallized Scorpion
Media: Scorpion with “quartz” crystals grown on to specimen
Size: Glass Box: 12 x 12 inches
Specimen: 3 x 6 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $450
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The Sun Rises At Midnight
Media: Graphite on paper
Size: Frame: 25.5 x 20 inches - Drawing: 19 x 13 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $900
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Along The Vines
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 25.5 x 20 inches – Drawing: 19 x 13 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $900
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Influence
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 22 x 26 inches – Drawing: 15.5 x 18.5 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $800
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The Pond
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 18 x 14 inches – Drawing: 11 x 8 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $550
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Phases
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 14 x 14 inches – Drawing: 9 x 9 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $600
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Twelve Years
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 14 x 14 inches – Drawing: 9 x 9 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $600
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Argentum Principium
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 14 x 18 inches – Drawing: 10 x 14 Inches Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $1200
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Bitter And Venomous
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 14 x 18 inches – Drawing: 10 x 14 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $650
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Stockholm
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 14 x 18 inches – Drawing: 10 x 14 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $800
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Albedo Finnis
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 14 x 18 inches – Drawing: 10 x 14 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $600
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A Cicada
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 3 x 4 inches – Drawing: 2 x 3 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $100
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Some Poppies
Media: Graphite on vellum
Size: Frame: 3 x 4 inches – Drawing: 2 x 3 Inches
Year: 2017
Price: $100
Availability: SOLD