Lovers for Cyrus Tilton

For: Cyrus Tilton
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Vessel Gallery
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We need your help to reach our financial goal for placing Lovers into The Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection. The Crocker Art Museum is the first public art museum in Western United States who show and loan their global collection rich in California art.
As a thank you for your gift of compassion, you will receive the following as a thank you:

Donations Levels receive the following:

$50+          The Cycle Catalogue   - available in the gallery for $40+

$150-499      One Locust (Limited Edition From Individuals)

$500-2499       Choice of One Book (Cyrus Tilton 2008-2010 or 2011-2013) and Locust

$2500-4999      Two Cyrus Tilton Hardcover Books and Donor Nameplate Credit displays with the artwork

$5000+          The Cycle Package (includes Catalogue, Locust, Two Cyrus Tilton Books and Donor Nameplate Credit )

It is with heavy heart Vessel Gallery shares the news that artist Cyrus James Tilton passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at his home in Oakland, California after a courageous year-long battle with esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his devoted and loving wife Lisa Tilton and his family. He will be forever remembered for his exceptional, extraordinary artistic vision and talent, and for his honor and integrity. If Cyrus's work has left an impression, inspired you to connect, or made you ponder ideas about beauty and mystery – here’s a chance to remember him and ensure the legacy of his artwork.

In The Cycle, the locust serves a cautionary metaphor, and Tilton likened the insect to self-sabotaging consumers whose ultimate end will come once their resources are depleted or a massive natural disaster resets the cycle. “I see many sociobiological similarities between humans and certain species of insects,” he said. “For example, we have figured out ways to cheaply and efficiently produce sugars (in the literal and metaphorical sense) for the public’s mass consumption. We have eagerly refined ways of communicating to others in our community with minimal effort and maximum output. As our population grows our living situations take on similarities to that of a hive or colony. Our consumption habits are exponentially ceaseless and unrelenting.”

In the end, however, Tilton created The Cyclewith a sense of hope — the hope of changing course. In this too, he finds answers in the insect world, notably those that have evolved to work together for the common good, using only the resources necessary for the survival of the species.

Will you help? If your connection is personal, please join us, share, and tell others. If you have a professional connection, we ask for support thru aligning values, industries, corporations, and institutions to financially support the Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign. Contact us with your suggestions and connections who will help ensure Cyrus's placement into The Crocker Art Museum's permanent installation. Be sure to mark your calendars to see the artist's first solo museum exhibition, The Cycle, at the Crocker Art Museum from March 25 thru July 15, 2018.

Please contribute towards the placement of Lovers into the Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection, by making a gift of donation here. Gifts of all sizes are deeply appreciated and will collectively contribute to this immeasurable heartfelt and meaningful placement. Alternately, checks may be made out to Vessel Gallery, with memo "Lovers for Cyrus Tilton" and mailed to Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 12, 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017

The Lovers for Cyrus Tilton gift is a crowd sourcing effort to complete the donation of this sculpture to the Crocker Art Museum. We hope his sculpture Lovers will continually engage viewers with the critical message of environmental conservation and protection.  The proximity of Cyrus Tilton's Lovers to California's state capital, our politicians, and statespeople in Sacramento will serve as an ongoing reminder of his message. Making the sculpture accessible by sharing it with the public on an ongoing basis is critical in sustaining his message:

"It is my hope that we can reject our tendencies towards the growing swarm of mass consumerism and that perhaps the line of human evolution that we are walking will fall on the side, the side similar to that of the colony or hive that works together for the common good and is more mindful of using only the necessary resources to make it happen in a non-destructive way.  If we can maintain this balance there may be hope for us after all."  — Cyrus Tilton, 2011 after completion of his concept show The Cycle

Please support the Lovers for Cyrus Tilton gift to the Crocker, the public, and the state of California, in the name of artistic expression for environmental preservation.

Posted on April 12, 2017

Posted on April 12, 2017

The Cycle
For a long time I have had intense anxieties relating to the world's overpopulation.
Growing up in the sparsely populated environment of Alaska, then moving to Oakland,
California, amplified this anxiety. I believe we are walking a line of human behavioral
evolution.We are adapting to population growth, consciously or subconsciously trying to
find a balance within our human nature to allow for successful cohabitation.
The Cycle uses the locust as a metaphor for my fears of human population growth falling out
of balance with a sustainable environment, ultimately becoming a self-sabotaging mass of
consumers whose end will only be seen once the last blade of grass is gone or a massive
natural disaster resets the cycle. I see many socio-biological similarities between humans and
certain species of insects. For example, we have figured out ways to cheaply and efficiently
produce sugars both literally and metaphorically for the public's mass consumption.We have
eagerly refined ways of communicating to others with minimal effort and maximum output.
As our population grows, our living situations take on aspects similar to those of a hive or
colony. Our consumption habits are exponentially ceaseless and unrelenting.
During the early stages of my creative process I’m often driven by cynical emotions
influenced by my visceral views on society. As I worked on the pieces for The Cycle, I got
the chance to spend time with my thoughts on overpopulation and consumption. While
working on The Cycle I have called for a great deal of help from my community to make
the show possible. Without the promise of a paycheck, a small army of friends and family
enthusiastically gathered to help in production and problem solving, not to mention
emotional support.The experience of working with people towards a common goal allowed
me to re-examine my original thoughts on this show as well as promoted some unexpected
personal growth. From this experience I am taking a cautious but exciting step towards
optimism.
It is my hope that we can reject our tendencies towards the growing swarm of mass consumerism,
and that perhaps the line of human evolution that we are walking will fall on the
side - the side similar to that of the hive that works together for the common good. The
side similar to the colony that is more mindful of using only the necessary resources to
make a sustainable future happen in a non-destructive way. If we can achieve and maintain
this balance there may be hope for us after all.
- Cyrus Tilton

Posted on April 2, 2017

Posted on April 2, 2017

It is with heavy heart we share the news that Cyrus Tilton passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 28th. He was surrounded by his devoted and loving wife and family. He will be forever remembered for his exceptional extraordinary artistic vision and talent, and his kindness and empathy.

We ask for your support in securing Cyrus' legacy as a California artist. Gifts of remembrance will help his artwork LOVERS to be shared with the public for decades to come at The Crocker Art Museum​, in Sacramento, CA.

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