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506 Warren Street
November/December 2007

Laura Gail Tyler: Photographs

The Nicole Fiacco Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of photographs by the artist Laura Gail Tyler (American b. 1976).  Tyler was a 2006 fellow in photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has received fellowships from the Houston Center for Photography (2005) and the Woodstock Center for Photography (2004).  The exhibition will include black and white silver gelatin prints from the Houses and Castles series.

Tyler’s staged photographs address associations we have with architectural icons such as houses, towers, castles and bridges.  Tyler photographs model structures made from unlikely materials which have included pumpkins, gingerbread, sand, playing cards and paper.  The artist introduces water, fire and natural decomposition to create tension between these idealized structures and the impermanent materials from which they are constructed.  

The artist states, “I am not interested in describing another world, and I do not simply wish viewers to enter into the spaces I have created. Instead, I want the pictures to offer some degree of resistance and to question limitations. ”

Laura Gail Tyler received her B.A. in Sculpture and Photography from Bard College and her M.F.A. in photography from Yale University.  She has exhibited her work at prestigious institutions such as the Society of Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, MO, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY and The Houston Center for Photography, among others.  In 2005, Tyler was included in Radius: Emerging Artists, a juried exhibition by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.  Tyler was recently selected for publication in Witness No. One by Stephen Shore.  

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