Tyler Cieplowski has received his undergraduate degree from The University of South Carolina Beaufort in fine art. Tyler has now moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Graduate school at Georgia State University with a focus in Sculpture. He is mainly inspired by wildlife and nature for creating artwork as it has had a major impact on his life. He grew up surrounded by wildlife and nature. That has had the greatest influence on his life. As an artist he attempts to encourage a feeling in the viewer so they connect with the subject and view it in their own personal way instead of looking at the object and looking at what Tyler is attempting to show them. He wants the viewer to connect and interpret the details in their own personal way. With those connections they are to make decisions on the story of what they think that the piece means on a deeper and personal level, more than the simple fact that it is an object that takes up space.
Tyler Scott Cieplowski
Tyler Scott Cieplowski produces sculptural objects and installations out of a variety of cast and fabricated materials and often include recorded spoken word stories. The community Cieplowski was raised in immersed him the heart of the South Carolina coast, as well as the traditional spoken word stories, which serve as the inspiration for a majority of his pieces.
In regards to the work that is centered around flora and fauna, Cieplowski begins with selecting an animal or plant that is distinct within a given region. The object is then reproduced in a variety of materials to exemplify the characteristics he wants to call attention to. The detail that is highlighted vary from piece to piece and can reference old wives tails and folklore that are often commonly referenced about the object.
The spoken-word narrative work revolves around family, friends, and the activities that brings these groups of individuals together. I often propose the statement, “tell me a story of friends who have become closer than family,” which leads to a collection of these stories from individuals who were involved or present. After the story is recorded, a detail from the narrative is simplified and the subject matter is translated into abstract shapes. The purpose of abstracting the objects is to make the viewer think about the object and to have them consider the audio that is coming from the sculpture. This also shows that memories are often distorted or altered over a period of time.
Tyler Scott Cieplowski
Beaufort, SC 29907
2018 MFA in Sculpture, Georgia State University
Awarded Winnie Chandler Art and Design Scholarship
2015 BFA in Studio Art, University of South Carolina Beaufort
2018 Loose Larry: A Binding of Non-Blood Story, Georgia State University thesis, Atlanta, GA
2017 Aqua Art Miami, with Georgia State University, Miami, FL
2017 Trifecta 2.0, Juried Show, Atlanta, GA
2017 Bearing Witness, GSU art exchange, Statesboro, GA
2016 Home Exhibition, Arts Exchange, Atlanta, GA
2016 GSU, ASU Cagespace Student Show, Atlanta, GA
2015 Student Exhibition at the University of South Carolina Beaufort
2015 (Jan-Jul) Gallery Space in Salt Gallery, Beaufort, SC
2014 Student Exhibition at the University of South Carolina Beaufort
2014 Senior Exhibition at the University of South Carolina Beaufort
2017 Studio Assistant, David Landis, Atlanta, Ga
2017 Sculpture 1, Georgia State University
2017 Intro to Three Dimensional Design, Georgia State University
2017 Talk about Graduate School to Undergraduates at USCB
2016 Intro to Three Dimensional Design, Georgia State University
2016 Demonstrations and lesions during Teaching Assistance, Georgia State University
2014 Demonstration on Wheel Throwing Ceramics, University of South Carolina Beaufort
2013 Demonstration on Wheel Throwing Ceramics, University of South Carolina Beaufort
2017 Private Art Commission, Painted Corn hole boards. Citadel Bulldog logo.
2017 Stretcher Frames, 4- 7x6, 8 6x10, 8 2x8 1 8x10 with 2x2 inset on corner
2016 Furniture Art Commission, 5 Piece set table night stands vanity and head board
2015 Private Art Commission, Painted Corn hole boards, Shrimp and Crab
2013 Private Art Commission, “Plum Wine” Shrimp Boat, Model Shrimp Boat (10”x26”x36”)
Metal painted with cloth accents
2013 Private Art Commission, Shrimp Boat #2, Model Shrimp Boat (7”x12”x18)
2017 Georgia State University Aqua Art Miami Catalogue, Fever Dreams
2017 Press release Georgia State University, Trifecta 2.0, http://artdesign.gsu.edu/2017/05/16/trifeca-2-0-mfa-exhibition-exchange-curated-ridley-howard-now-open/
2014 The Beaufort Gazette: Lowcountry Ecosystem Feeds Souls of Beaufort County Artist, http://www.islandpacket.com/news/local/community/beaufort-news/article33620307.html