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Moody & Dark: The Newest Exhibition at the Rockport Center for the Arts

05/16/2019 04:57PM ● By Jessie Monsivais

By: Jessie Monsivais  Photo courtesy of: Tyler Vouros

The Rockport Center for the Arts is proud to present the exhibition: Tenebroso. On view from May 17 – June 14, the exhibition is located at the Rockport Center for the Arts. The opening reception and gallery talk with the artist, Tyler Vouros will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 4:30 pm – 7 pm. 

Tenebroso, or tenebrism, is the Italian word for moody and dark, which is befitting for this exhibition comprised of large-scale charcoal works. Tyler describes his work as, "A vivid luminosity emerges from the void of the shadows, as one last breath before being returned to the earth."

Tenebroso celebrates the natural history and scientific community in the afterlife of flora and fauna, using still life and specimens from various collections. Tyler's recent pieces incorporate old master landscapes from the likes of Rubens, Corot, Grimshaw, and others, as a nod to the masters of the past and Tyler's formal training in the fine arts. 

"The size and realism of Vouros' work contribute to its magnificence," shares Curator, Elena Rodriguez. "The microscopic, rendered on a macroscopic scale, envelopes the viewer in his macabre and majestic universe."

The Massachusetts-native artist's work has been in numerous exhibitions including The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Sotheby's, Collier West Gallery, Flowers Gallery, Neue Leipziger Messe, Richard J. Demato Gallery, SEEN Gallery, Pier Sixty Chelsea, and Art Southampton; to name a few. Appearances in publications include 2016, 2017 & 2019 Manifest International Drawing Annual, Artscope Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector. Tyler's accomplishments also include a residency grant in Leipzig, Germany from the Villore Foundation and a sponsorship grant from MASS MoCA. Tyler has completed several unique projects and commissions, including a collaboration with Grupo Cortefiel and artwork for CHANEL. Tenebroso will be his debut Texas solo exhibition.

Tyler resides with his wife and two young children in the Pioneer Valley maintaining a studio practice in an old factory building on a canal in Holyoke, Massachusetts.  He is an award-winning educator working in drawing, painting, and foundations of art. Tyler Vouros currently teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at the Community College of Rhode Island. 

Vouros is the Rockport Center for the Arts' seventh Artist-in-Residence. In conjunction with his solo show, Tyler has set up a working studio at the Art Center for a month. Art patrons can visit him, observe his studio practice, and learn about his medium and technique. During his residency, Tyler will also lead and engage the community and students at Rockport-Fulton High School in a series of workshops. 

The Artist-in-Residence program is made possible through an anonymous contribution. The program exists to invite artists for time and space away from their typical environment, practice, and obligations. The program provides artists from other parts of the world, a venue for presentation, production, reflection, and research.