The technologies that shape our daily lives represent an intriguing platform for speculation. They evoke an array of hypothetical futures drawn from both the dystopian and utopian ends of science fiction. My work serves as a form of creative future studies, exploring this evolving technological landscape by imagining futurist scenarios that reflect our deeper hopes and fears about the present. In the process, I approach the future as an imaginary space, a theater of our collective speculations rather than a point on a concrete timeline.
My work focuses on the imminent, drawing on science fiction narratives and past eras' visions of the future. It explores themes such as technophilia and technophobia, how we understand and relate to emerging artificial intelligences, and how we maintain a sense of normalcy in the face of rapid technological change. The works exhibit a precise machine aesthetic that mirrors the world of smart devices and digitally mediated experience we increasingly inhabit. Ambiguous systems and iconographies emerge, suggesting schematics for a future that never arrives.
These thematic interests dovetail with my process, which weaves together digital and fabrication technologies and experimental media as well as more traditional tools, materials and techniques. I have adopted tools such as graphics software and a laser cutter to translate digital designs into physical objects which I paint and assemble by hand.
Tyler Bohm is a mixed-media artist who spent several years working in the architectural industry, where he adopted the tools and techniques of digital and physical modeling to create digitally-based sculptural works. The resulting artistic process, which involves traditional approaches such as painting mediated through a range of design technologies, is reflective of the technological themes explored in the work. Bohm’s work has been covered in Two Coats of Paint, SciArt Magazine and The Columbus Dispatch. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and lives in Columbus.
In recent years, he has held solo exhibitions at the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space in Columbus and Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center in Chicago, and his work has been included in group exhibitions at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, Proto Gallery in Hoboken, Van Der Plas Gallery in New York, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, the Dayton Visual Arts Center, and Ann Street Gallery in Newburgh.