ARTIST OF MONTH - JUNE 2020 - Tyler Udall
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The forces that drive Tyler Udall’s work are a combination of his own sexual identity and the evolving societal shifts toward the acceptance and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. His undeniably personal and emotionally compelling photographs are shaped by the familiarity the artist has with his subjects, most of whom are friends and past lovers. His images are reminiscent of other great fine-art photographers Juergen Teller and Ryan McGinley.
He has exhibited worldwide with his gallery The Little Black Gallery - including at Photo London and PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco. He has published three books: August 2009-August 2010 (OH WOW Gallery, 2010), Auguries of Innocence (Armour Press, 2015), and I Am (The Little Black Gallery, 2019).
Based in London in the early 2000’s, Udall was Senior Fashion Editor at Another Man, Another Magazine, and Dazed & Confused, and was involved in creating iconic covers of Kate Moss, Kirsten Dunst, Tilda Swinton and Natalie Portman. He moved to New York as Creative Director for the agency Fred and Associates, where he teamed up legendary fashion greats with world leading artists. Udall is currently based in his home country Canada as Fashion Director at the Blanche Macdonald Centre in Vancouver – Canada’s top fashion school.
Buy Tyler's new book I Am – a series of moving and expressive works. Normative roles of identity become obsolete in these stripped-down images as his subjects embrace life without ego or limitations.
QUICK FIRE ROUND with TYLER UDALL
- what was the first photography book you bought?
Joseph Szabo "Teenage" and coincidentally the first photograph I ever purchased was "Wild Horses" from that same book / series :)
- what is your favourite colour?
- who are your photographic influences?
Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Robert Frank, Francesa Woodman, Bill Henson, Ed van der Elsken, Rinko Kawauchi, Sanne Sannes and Eikoh Hosoe to name a few...
- what is your favourite museum (or public gallery)?
Toss up between The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia (I admittedly have a sick fascination with disturbing medical shit), The Cooper Hewit in New York (they host the most amazing summertime puppet shows in their garden), and Tate Britain (I am obsessed with Pre-Raphaelite paintings).
- if you could buy any photograph which would it be?
Just one?! Larry Sultan "West Valley Studio #13", Ed Van Der Elsken "Zwitserland", Larry Clark "Untitled (from the series 'Tulsa')," the one with the three naked teenagers shooting up in a bedroom with horror film posters on the wall, or Philip-Lorca Di Corcia "Ms Juliet Muse".
- your favourite holiday destination?
Sayulita. Truthfully I rarely holiday.. tisk-tisk, I know. But I do try to get to Mexico whenever I can, and more specifically, Sayulita. I love Mexican culture so very much and one of my oldest and dearest friends from NYC lives there now. She always shows me the best time and I leave feeling recharged and inspired. Plus tequila is my prefered poison, so it's kind of ideal.
- if there is one living person you could photograph who would it be?
Timothee Chalamet for all the painfully obvious reasons. He is such a magical seahorse-unicorn-supermodel-creature-thing from Fraggle Rock or The Dark Crystal. I just want to lock him in a custom built rose-gold cage and feed him organic seeds all day... like a rare and exotic bird that I'm too greedy and too much of an asshole to share with the world. Le Sighhhh.
- what is your guilty pleasure?
Bridge Mixture and The Shadowhunters on Netflix.....
- what is your favourite city?
I'm going to have to go with London on that one. My favorite people live there or are from there. I adore British bantar, food, architecture, accents, crisps...most importantly I love how multicultural London is. It's so densely diverse, you can never get bored or stop learning there. Plus, the fashion is the best in the world.
- which charities do you support (and why)?
My favorite charity that I have supported for many years now is the Fauna Sanctuary in Quebec. It's a sanctuary for chimpanzees who were used in medical studies, more specifically for HIV and Hepatitis drugs. At Fauna they get to retire with dignity in a private acreage. They have a personal chef who cooks them the most beautiful meals, they get presents and games every day and have access to all the medicine and therapies needed to give them some much needed peace. I sponsored a chimpanzee named Su-Ellen there for several years. She sadly passed away not too long ago. Su Su and I met on a photo assignment and it was love at first sight. She collected purses, mentos, scrunchies and made her own jewellery.. We were truly kindred spirits. An operation of this magnitude requires a LOT of capital... I encourage anyone who reads this to consider donating... anything helps! Plus each chimp has an amazon wish list... buy them some treats! https://faunafoundation.org
Jimmy In My Living Room, 2010
Shade Smoking, 2010
Andrew In Bathtub, 2010