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TYLER MATTHEW OYER
SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE
with music by Alex Black

September 7th - October 26, 2013
Opening reception: September 7th, 7pm

Shimmy Shake Earthquake Performances: September 14th & 28th, 5pm

As part of the gallery's continued interest in performance and new media, Cirrus is pleased to announce the representation of Tyler Matthew Oyer. For his first solo show at Cirrus, Oyer will stage an operetta entitled "Shimmy Shake Earthquake." Performing alongside sculptures, images, and installation Oyer sets an original libretto amongst twisted tropes of Americana; a glittered mid-century modern living room, allegorical tales of faulty nationalism, and an abstracted discotheque of possibility. Leading his audience through a series of acts, Oyer adopts the caricatured roles of hypnotist, lecturer, and nightclub performer. By manipulating forms of popular entertainment, Oyer allegorically presents a diverse audience with the complexities of material and immaterial value and their relation to the socio-political landscape.

Called an "interdisciplinary gospel immortalist" by Kembra Pfahler of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Tyler Matthew Oyer was born in Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2012. His work has been presented in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Miami, Berlin, Copenhagen, Kassel, London, Amsterdam, Oslo, and Varna, Bulgaria. His one-man performance "Hello, Dolly!" was part of Andrea Zittel's 2011 High Desert Test Sites event. In August of 2013 he presented "100 Years of Noise: Beyoncé is ready to receive you now" at REDCAT. Marta Becket of the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction once said, "Tyler looks like a performer".

To read exhibition essays by Malene Dam and Geir Haraldseth, please visit shimmyshakeearthquake.com (designed by Ania Diakoff)


For a list of available works, please click here

To view the exhibition catalog, please click here
To purchase a copy of the catalog, please click here


Installation of Shimmy Shake Earthquake by Tyler Matthew Oyer
Photographs by Calvin Lee
Previous Exhibitions
2016
TYLER MATTHEW OYER: RELEASE
GHOSTING THE SCREEN / ENGRAVINGS WITH SOUND
BRICE BISCHOFF: LIAR CHANNEL
THIS IS NOT A CONNECTION
2015
UNTETHERED
2014
UNTETHERED
IAN HOKIN: MIRAGE
MARGARET NIELSEN:
LOVE STORIES / SHORT STORIES
IDEAL TERRITORY
NEW WORK BY 
RECENT UC IRVINE  MFA GRADUATES
CURATED BY ELAN GREENWALD
MOTION TRACKING
CALARTS POST GRADUATE EXHIBITION
CURATED BY WILLIAM KAMINSKI
CHARLES CHRISTOPHER HILL
GIVE 'EM A LITTLE BONJOUR
2013-2014
BUILDING ON RUINS
2013
TYLER MATTHEW OYER
SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE
2005
A COSMIC ENCOUNTER FINE LINE
GILLIAN THEOBALD "ELEMENTS"
BRICE BISCHOFF
"THE GLASSEL PARK SERIES"
THE PICTURE I CARRY IN MY HEAD
CURATED BY
TERRI PHILLIPS
ROLE-PLAY
IMAGES IN PERIL DIMITRI KOZYREV
2012 JJ VILLARD
SUSAN LOGORECI
NARCISSISM, THE REAL, THE FAKE AND THE ANTI-DIGITAL IMPULSE
2004
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: OPEN NETWORK
ELAINE BRADFORD
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: THE VISITATION JUSTIN MOORE - "GENESIS"
PLAY-GALLERY FOR STILL AND MOTION PICTURES AT CIRRUS
2011
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: LIVIN' L.A.
ARBORETUM
MARGO VICTOR "MVG TESTS"
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: NOW AND THEN
JACOB DYRENFORTH "ROMANTIC COMEDY" AND "EVERY GUITAR MOVE"
INSIDE/OUTSIDE: STATES OF BEING
SUSAN LOGORECI, JAMES GRIFFIOEN AND DENNIS OPPENHEIM

MARK BRADFORD MONOPRINTS
"CRAZY THOUGHTS HAVE QUICK WINGS"
CURATED BY
EVE WOOD
2010
JONAS WOOD: PRINTS
2003
CRAIG KAUFFMAN:
WORKS ON PAPER RETROSPECTIVE
DIMITRI KOZYREV "JOURNEY'S II
PAINTING BY LETTERS
REMIX JULY 2010
ROSS BLECKNER "PATHWAYS"
GILLIAN THEOBALD:
NEW PAINTINGS

DANIEL BRANDELY "ALAMEDA DANCE"
2009
"RECESS"
CURATED BY DAN BAYLES
NATHANIEL DE LARGE
at large
"IN THE SHADOW OF SUMMMER BLISS"
CURATED BY JUSTIN MOORE AND JEAN MILANT
THE AWFUL PARENTHESIS
CURATED BY
ARAM MOSHAYEDI
VENICE/VENICE
JOHN BALDESSARI AND
 BRUCE NAUMAN

"SERIES"
"SELECTED GRAPHICS" LOPEZ COLLECTION
JAY BOLOTIN: THE JACKLEG TESTAMENT: PART ONE: JACK & EVE
"DRAWINGS" DIMITRI KOZYREV
CHARLOTTE F. SMITH
2002
2008
MAGGIE LOWE TENNESEN
JEDD GARRET:
WONDEROUS ORBS OF LIFE

SALOMON HUERTA
ED RUSCHA "COUNTRY CITISCAPES"
COSMOS FACTORY
CURATED BY BRAD EBERHARD
JUSTIN MOORE
SUMMER COOL
FLATLINE
SUSAN LOGORECI
THERE IS ALWAYS
MORE FOR PEOPLE
LIKE YOU

DIMITRI KOZYREV
2001
MARK GOLAMCO
CLOAK AND CANDLE
 
RICHARD BAKER
VIJA CELMINS
"GILLIAN THEOBALD"
2007
"l*AND*sc*APE"
CURATED BY GEORGE RAGGETT
ALL HUMAN ACTIONS
CURATED BY

DAWN KASPER
"AUXILIARY SETTINGS"
CURATED BY STEVEN CRIQUI AND JEAN MILANT

NIGHT BLOOMS
CURATED BY
MARK GOLAMCO

2000
JUSTIN MOORE: TIME MACHINES & PARANOID LANDSCAPES
"VIJA CELMINS"
NEW PRINTS BY
JOAN NELSON AND 
CERAMICS BY ROGER HERMAN
STRODE & WILDER
WORKS ON PAPER
"PAST AND NEW PRINTS"
1999
2006
"GILLIAN THEOBALD"
NAIVE SET THEORY
CURATED BY CATHERINE TAFT
"STEVEN CRIQUI"
"JERRY BRANE"
SUSAN LOGORECI: AREAS OF INTEREST
"GUY DE COINTET"
QUIVER
SUPERSIZE PRINTS
HEATHER BROWN-
JACOB HALEVY-JONAS WOOD
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