08 May Home on the Strange: Peacock Manor – Artist Reception – Friday, May 11, 6:30-9:30pm
“I love art. I love the inspiration, creativity, and education that come with art. But most importantly, I love how art is realized, interpreted, and ultimately lived.”
—Tyler James Bush
What: “Home on the Strange: Peacock Manor” artist reception
Where: Eagle Performing Arts Center, 1125 E. State St., Eagle
When: Friday, May 11, 6:30-9:30pm
Boise, ID—Since the age of 10, local visual artist Tyler James Bush has been making art. His paintings, prints, and sculptures always reflected his whimsical nature and his love of classic Americana. But in recent years, Bush has begun to stretch the boundaries of his inspirations and use familiar items in unexpected ways, giving his work a touch of the surreal that resonates with viewers. On Friday, May 11, 2012, at the Eagle Performing Arts Center, the public will once again have an opportunity to view Bush’s ability to take the everyday and the sublime and combine them into something that is recognizable but somehow unique.
Bush’s newest exhibit “Home on the Strange: Peacock Manor” is an evolution of an idea that he has been developing since his popular living installation “Poker-Playing Deer Ladies” at Modern Art 2011. The gothic-styled Deer Ladies—complete with antlers—were one of the event’s biggest attractions and Bush wanted to carry that imagery over into works that viewers could take with them. In September 2011, Bush rented a Victorian mansion on 2nd and Jefferson streets and curated the inaugural “Home on the Strange” exhibit. Along with living antlered sculptures, Bush displayed hundreds of redesigned vintage China plates from his Deer Ladies series, weathered logs turned into fur-covered lamps, reimagined old ceramic figurines and more.
In “Peacock Manor,” Bush’s Deer Ladies are again on display, but the exhibit’s focal point is the actual Peacock Manor, a 1:12 scale 4-foot-tall dollhouse that Bush’s 91-year-old grandmother La Venia Jacobson spent 18 years building and furnishing.
Peacock Manor not only complements Bush’s Deer Ladies series but also speaks to his love of history and the modern world and his ability to combine them in new, unexpected ways.