Living Gallery Featured Studio: Alexander Wurts and Tyler Foster

Featured Studio

Alexander Wurts and Tyler Foster working with in the Living Gallery Space

Alexander Wurts has been a member of the Trahern Living Gallery program since the fall semester of 2012.  Alexander is a Junior at Austin Peay State University. He plans to graduate with a BFA in studio artand then attend a graduate school to receive an MFA. Alexander’s work is primarily focused on collages. He uses pieces of magazines, found books, and illustrations to combine into his projects. During his time in Living Gallery he has been a part of three exhibitions. The most recent was a collaborative effort with his gallery space partner, Tyler Foster. Tyler has also been a part of the Living Gallery since the fall semester of 2012. Tyler has been using his studio to make a series of large drawings based on family photographs from his childhood. Tyler is graduating this semester with a BFA in studio art, and plans to take some time off before pursuing an MFA. Tyler’s work usually consists of drawings in charcoal and graphite as well as oil paintings.

Alexander and Tyler have collaborated on two exhibitions since they’ve shared a studio in the Living Gallery. The exhibition, “Gash:Tear” ran in December of last year. One of Alexander’s contributions to the show featured a wooden panel painted white that gallery visitors were invited to destroy  with a hammer. Tyler contributed multiple drawings that visitors were free to tear in half periodically throughout the show. In April 2013, the exhibition, “Works by Tyler Foster and Alexander Wurts” was presented in the Trahern Living Gallery. Tyler displayed multiple paintings of portraits and flowers. Alexander exhibited a series of photocopies. Each copy was made from a previous copies so that the original image eventually deteriorated after one hundred copies.

When asked about the benefits of having a Living Gallery space, Alexander said this “Having access to my own studio has really been a great benefit to the amount of work I can create. Its also nice having my friends around to offer up advice and ideas.


About Paul Collins

Paul Collins is an assistant professor of art and gallery director at Austin Peay State University. Paul makes drawings, paintings and sculpture that combine humor, tactility and observation to examine the world around us. Paul has an mfa from Yale and has been a resident at Skowhegan, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center. Paul is an enthusiastic collaborator and has curated shows or organized artist projects for a wide range of artists including James Surls, Betty Woodman, Liz Ferrill, Danielle Genadry, Paul Jacobsen, Mala Iqbal, Kenny Scharf, David Humphrey, Charles Long, Michael Kreuger, Jason Rogenes, Kim Dickey, and Takashi Nakazato.

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