One of the reasons I’m so enamored of Tyler Hildebrand’s multimedia painting and sculpture is because his subjects are so familiar. Hildebrand is fourteen years younger than me, but we have a lot in common: the artist is a former Nashvillian, but he was born in Cincinnati and he’s currently based back in Ohio. I’m currently a Nashvillian, but I was born in Detroit and raised in southeastern Michigan. Hildebrand’s work brims with images of Midwestern working class people and the popular culture of daytime television, country music, football, professional wrestling, fast food – all the same stuff everyone in that part of the country would recognize.

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