In his first European solo exhibition with Stems Gallery, Tyrrell Winston explores the embedded history
of discarded objects and Air Songs; visually melodic sculptures and paintings that are pieced together
while roaming the streets of major metropolitan areas for hours at a time.
Air Song puts Winston’s fascination with the ideas surrounding high and low elements of culture on center
stage — taking objects perceived to be detritus and elevating them to a level that is visually unavoidable.
Trash heaps, cigarette piles, broken basketball nets (which are replaced with new nets), deflated basketballs
and street signs are Winston’s materials of choice.
Winston’s work draws parallels in the absurdity between symbolism of contrasting objects. Cigarette
and basketball related works are the focal points of the exhibition, the fact that air informs both objects
is the link between them.
The inflation of a basketball activates its primordial purpose, breathes this object of play, of joy and movement,
into life. Air made deliciously toxic by the fire of tobacco brings a darker kind of joy, one connected
to self-destruction, consumption, death. Things meant for destruction always tell such curious tales, and
it is these things and their tales that find beguiling articulation in Winston’s (work).
Interview with Tyrrell Winston by John Martin Tilley for Office Magazine
While every found object has a story that Winston is not a part of, it’s the power of the objects together
that Winston uses to beckon the viewer closer, inviting them to get lost in the lines of cigarettes and quilts
of basketball nets.