Tyler Jackson

For the exhibition 8 minutes 20 seconds, Tyler Jackson has produced a new series of sculptural relief works created from thermoformed acrylic glass, and a light work that responds to the Taranaki weather systems.

Tyler is inspired by the light and space movement from California in the 1960s and 70s. Artists within the Light and Space movement created immersive visual experiences for viewers through the use of shadows, space, and lighting techniques. Whilst at Massey University he found a way of making his own style of sculptural reliefs that he has slowly resolved and developed over the last 8 years.

He has been using acrylic glass since 2014, and began thermoforming the material in 2015 whilst studying at Massey University. He was drawn to it first as a way of filtering and manipulating light through a coloured lens and then after researching the material's industrial properties, learnt he could sculpt it a lot more freely.

Each panel of perspex is laser cut to get a clean shiny mirror edge and then put in a large custom made oven for up to 30 minutes to become malleable but not burned. He then uses gloves, his arms and body, as well as weights or towels to sculpt the material into a desired shape then the perspex quickly cools down after a few minutes to set in place.

With Tyler’s light works, he is interested in making machines that operate autonomously and for these machines to be influenced by their surroundings - usually the environment and it's weather systems, as well as human interactions through a motion sensor.

The light work in this show varies when the weather and environment changes. The work autonomously decides the colour interactions that will be produced over the duration of the exhibition, each day changing as weather systems move across Taranaki. A nice juxtaposition to the very controlled choices of colour interactions from the relief sculptures sitting alongside the show.

Tyler Jackson was born and raised in Taranaki and is now based in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Massey University in 2016.

Tyler’s practice aims to create lighting devices to engage with participatory approaches of perceiving light and colour.

Recent exhibitions include SENTINEL, 97 Jervois Quay, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, 2023; AURORA, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2022; Waiheke Sculpture on the Gulf, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, 2022; LIGHT-HAUS, play_station, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, 2020, and SCAPE Public Arts Season 2019, Ōtautahi Christchurch, 2019.

Tyler co-founded play_station artist run initiative, which is located in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.