Peter Tyndall


Though Peter Tyndall’s mission—to render problematic the viewer’s relation to art—is a familiar one, his recent installation, ¡Relax!, 1988–90, suggests that he is up to much more. Tyndall knowingly utilizes the esthetic commandments that have practically become mantras of post-Modernity—to undermine, destabilize, and transgress. Noting the popular complaints about art-world cultishness, he bases his text-dominated paintings around the conceit of a secret society of culture. More recently, he has incorporated dreams into his works as a way of commenting on the consumption and power of culture.

¡Relax! is comprised of several works that mimic the appearance of paintings. By adopting the role of cultural anthropologist and employing several styles and media, Tyndall circumvents artistic categorization. He has given all of his works from the last decade the same title: detail: A Person Looks

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