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:
$30+ Nathooder - LP recording by Nathan Tilton
$50+ The Cycle Catalogue - available in the gallery for $40+
$150-499 One Locust (Limited Edition From Individuals)
$250-499 Choice of One Book (Cyrus Tilton 2008-2010 or 2011-2013)
$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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