Transcending the Invisible

Tyler Mallison

Primark t-shirts. Standing desks. Pictures of ‘nothing.’ These are the subjects of London-based British-American artist Tyler Mallison, who is interested in the notion of potential and questions of agency and logic. His body of work spans media and investigates economic, societal and technological narratives through an active, open-ended process of speculation and material exploration. Examples include sculptural prototypes as ‘propositions for a better way of working’, offering a pre-pandemic vision of future labour, complete with USB jump rope. And more recently, the production of illusory, meta-surfaces titled ‘______(NTIME)’ that demand physical proximity from the viewer and prompt consideration of presence and orientation.  

Mallison’s work has been featured in exhibitions at SPACE Mare Street, London; A.P.T Gallery, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Royal Academy of Arts; Barbican Arts Group Trust; Plattenpalast Berlin; HMKV, Dortmund; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and Collectors Agenda, ARCOmadrid. Past residencies include Autocenter Contemporary Art Berlin, Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), and Guest Projects London. He holds an interdisciplinary MA from Central Saint Martins and BA in Chemistry from Northwestern University, in addition to completing AltMFAs with Turps Art School (painting) and nationally selected ‘Syllabus’, jointly led by New Contemporaries, Wysing Arts Centre, Spike Island, Eastside Projects, S1 Artspace, and Studio Voltaire.