Auto Record by Tyler Starr

Auto Record is an attempt to digest thousands of pages of declassified documents created by the FBI in relation to the controversial incident in North Carolina on November 3rd, 1979, commonly known as the Greensboro Massacre. The accordion book format is used to visualize two processions of vehicles involved in the incident (one side of the booklet is the KKK and associates caravan, while the other depicts vehicles connected to the Communist Workers Party's anti-klan parade). Information provided includes weapons retrieved from the incident, a schematic of the bullet holes in the Channel 12 news car, and FBI summaries of the 5 individuals killed on that day. Information and imagery is all accurately based on or directly collaged from the primary documents. (Really, just $1!)

Artist Bio

Tyler Starr's mixed-media works on paper combine research, direct observation, and elements of yellow journalism to visualize social and spiritual conundrums in such forms as prophetic motorcades from declassified FBI documents and imposing geographical sites associated with tragic stories. He is interested in the ways printed information has been used from its very beginnings to map human endeavors and combines collage, stencils, and drawing to present factual information about controversial cases. His work has been exhibited internationally at Yale University's Haas Arts Library, New Museum for Contemporary Art (New York), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of LiŠge (Belgium) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Japan). Starr graduated with a PhD in Studio Arts from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts in 2011 where he was a recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship.