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Sometimes under the moniker Grimeography, Tyler J. Grimes' (b. 1994 in Wilmington, DE) multimodal works ponder paradoxes in order to provoke reconsiderations of one's perception of (and purpose in) reality. His work spans video installation, emergent tech., photography, performance, and ecologically-engaged art projects. Synthesizing insights from various schools of thought allows his research to intersect media-ecology, the cognitive sciences, and mindfulness-awareness practices. 
 
Grimes has a background in visual communications, which is supplemented by a Photographic and Electronic Media MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has been awarded research grants, admittance into artists residencies, has been exhibited internationally, and incorporated into award-winning film productions. His writings and pedagogy place him in positions where he regularly lectures on media/communication theory, speculative philosophies, production techniques, and aesthetics. He is currently engaged in doctoral studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 
 
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My research-based practice toys with speculative, quasi-mystical, and occasionally absurd notions of 'experience' (broadly defined) to ask how technological mediation, amongst other factors, may influence the defining of 'self'. This intrigue manifests through questioning quotidian cartographies of the relations between objects (physical and immaterial, human and non-human) by harvesting alternative sources of Truth beyond how it is often constructed, disseminated and perceived. The work hopes to entertain a post-humanistic ecosophical lens by exploring a progressive consumption of dogma, diet, and media - ultimately unveiling a meaning within the absurdity.
 
To help answer the calls of the absurd, my work is also informed by metaphorical and sometimes literal interviews with the environment itself as if to ask "how it feels" about it's experience. I aim to notion towards a sentient and animistic environment, as proposed by ancestral epistemologies, by framing the self as a liminal and non-dual medium in relation to its environment. This research carries me - as I see these motifs, the language that is enfolded within the dialectic of, and our awareness of such as paramount in today's media-saturated and environmentally fragile world. 

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Recent Exhibitions

Beyond the Frame : Exploring Mixed Media,

Target Gallery

January 2023 - Alexandria, VA

This exhibit features artists experimenting with what photography is capable of beyond its traditional framed presentation on the wall. 

Nature and Technology - An Inevitable Interconnectedness, Visionary Art Collective

December 2022 - Brooklyn, NY

I was a featured artist in this exhibit, as well as being awarded "2nd place" in a recent issue of the New Visionary Magazine.

 

20x21 Exhibition, Decker Gallery

November 2022 - Baltimore, MD

Ask: Our Diverse World - Virtuality,

Tsinghua University

October 2021 - Beijing, China

An international exhibition bringing together artists around one central theme: "Why isn't reality real"?

Challenging Assumptions, Leidy Gallery

March 2021 - Baltimore, MD

The 2021 iteration of MICA's graduate show.

The works challenged what is "real, true and known". 

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