Kevin E. Taylor / Painter / 2008-2010
Good Home, 2010 – commissioned for the T.C. Boyle short story, “A Good Home” that will be published in the March issue of Playboy Magazine.
Taylor’s thoughtful, methodic painting style is well suited for the sophistication of his message. He experiments with audio and motion arts, which gives him a robust and thoughtful POV, so it is no coincidence that his paintings are so thought provoking.
Follow the jump for many more paintings and an interview.
Taylor’s recent series “Dislocation” portrays animals unnaturally placed within sterile white gallery walls for aloof admiration. Some are frozen in the midst of daily existence, their shadows the only clue to the true mal’intent of their predicament, while other animals are mercilessly sliced apart for visual consumption. Both situations present poignant metaphors for how humans both selfishly covet and consume.
His other series “Construction” depicts monumentally scaled animals caged within scaffolding as they patiently await their completion. Taylor’s portray of an obviously protracted building process, quietly raises the contradictory concept of sequestered veneration.
Chimpanzee Construction, 2010
The Rabbit Construction, 2009
Throughout his work, Taylor cleverly contrasts serene pastoral topography with subjects in truly precarious situations. This contradiction creates an emotional conflict that hovers between hope and hopelessness. His complex weaving of narratives makes his on-going theme of isolation all the more stirring.
The Fatal Faith, 2009
Terrestrial Syndrome, 2009 (illustrates the large scale of some of his work)
Simple Similar Specimens, 2010
You may view his work in person at his solo show at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco. It closes Jan 29th, so do not dawdle. There will be a closing reception Friday Jan. 28th at 7:00pm. Exclusive to the event, “Simple Similar Specimens,” (above and previously unseen) will be on exhibit.
Live music by Cumberbund and Future Twin. Since Taylor is a fine Southern gentleman, libations and hot boiled peanuts will be served.
Taylor Notes :
What artists or creative person has influenced you?
I’m influenced by the artists, musicians, etc… that I conversate and hang out with, mostly. They are the ones pushing me and encouraging me. The list is long, and really I get more inspiration from browsing around a flea market or walking down the sidewalk than I do from looking at other art. I appreciate other artists and their work, but it’s not really what I depend on to manifest my own. I can find worthy elements in most honest work. I am usually attracted to work that looks nothing like mine- I imagine because there’s something for me to learn from within it.
Not including other artists or art, what inspires you?
beautiful things like cracks in the sidewalk, a pigeon with one foot missing, or the color of an old car- as well as horrible things like a strung out woman screaming at herself on the street, a bicycle thief or men who wear flip flops in public restaurants. Anything that pushes my buttons, really.
What is the part of your process you enjoy the most?
Making something out of nothing.
That would surely be shipping.
If you were NOT an artist, what would you be doing?
Thanks for taking the time to speak with me Kevin!