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Tyler Kline – from skateboarding to art with viscera, a new podcast

Roberta and Libby interview Tyler Kline in this 15-minute podcast for Artblog Radio.


Locks Gallery sponsors this episode.

Tyler Kline grew up in the small town of Stone Mountain, GA, a once-magical place with lakes and a pine forest and flowering magnolias and weeping willows. Tyler felt the heavy hand of history in the south growing up, and he also felt the terror of the Atlanta child murderer in the neighborhood. The artist, who grew up skateboarding and hiking the woods, graduated this Spring with an MFA from PAFA. His work has been shown locally at Little Berlin, where he is a member, at Rebekah Templeton and Vox Populi, and before that, at the skateboard shop, Minnow. He has made installations using sheets of aluminum foil and string; and objects out of aluminum foil that look like human or imagined demons.  His MFA show featured small globby-looking mountains of painted cast bronze with what appear to be dentures half hidden in them.  He doesn’t shy away from “ugh” factor materials like fingernail clippings, hair and teeth, and by the way, his father was a dentist.



This episode is edited by Peter Crimmins. The music is by Eric Biondo. Thanks to the Knight Foundation for helping us get the ball rolling on this project. Thanks to J-Lab‘s Enterprise Reporting Fund and William Penn Foundation for additional support and to our partner WHYY NewsWorks for their ongoing support. You can listen to Artblog Radio on Apple and Spotify.