Sculpture Senior's Work Featured on Designboom.com, Selected for PhilaMOCA Exhibition

Tyler Held's 'Cross-Culture' transforms an old stove into an entertainment system

December 2, 2010

Tyler Held '11 (Sculpture), who transformed an old stove into an entertainment system called "Cross-Culture," was recently featured on Designboom.com, the leading independent publication for key contemporary issues and critique of all aspects of art, architecture and design.

Made of metal, wood, Plexiglas, automotive paint, PC power supplies, neon, PC fans, Eclipse car audio components, 4 6.5" speakers with tweeters, a 12" subwoofer, a 7" single din touchscreen CD/DVD/MP3/nav head unit, a 4-channel amplifier and a mono amplifier, all parts are hand fabricated to look like its original equipment manufacturer.

The piece was also just selected to be included in "(Re)MIX," a sculpture exhibit that will run December 9 – 14 at PhilaMOCA (Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art). An opening reception for the show will take place Friday, December 10 from 6 – 10 p.m.

"Cross-Culture" epitomizes Held's body of work, which focuses on his process of repair and customization. "I expose the renovation of a once-discarded object by highlighting functional and aesthetic hybridity," he states.

The Atlanta, Ga., native, who holds a Certificate in Auto Body Repair and Refinishing from Lanier Technical Institute in Gainesville, Ga., finds value in reworking manufactured objects as a response to the waste and urgency of contemporary times.

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