Coinciding with the exhibition, I updated my artist statement:
The objects I produce are interrogations. They exist as curious inquiries into the ostensible dichotomy between the human animal and mutating partitions of nature. Using painting as a language, I propose mysterious, abstract narratives which are simultaneously given ground by familiar, objective imagery. Amalgamating scientific, genetic and anthropological source material, I survey and ultimately depict hybrid landscapes where diverse aspects of human physiology mesh with the origins of species. Through the merger of these methods, my exploration into the creative process develops. – Kevin Earl Taylor
The late and great Justin Van Hoy made some monumental waves during his brief life here on planet earth. After co-founding THIS gallery, he authored Milk and Honey; an elegant hardcover exposé on contemporary artists living in California. I was lucky enough to be his friend and be detected by his creative radar. Shortly after Justin's passing, THIS gallery shut it's doors and passed the torch. On August 7th, Slow Culture will very respectively tip it's hat toward the momentum created through their physical space and predecessors. Milk and Honey brings together many of the artists included in the book and honors the work and workers who cleared the path for much more to come.
I'll have a piece in the Duck Show, a mega flock of artists presenting quack relevant works (curated by Ryan Travis Christian).
Opening reception March 28 at Minotaur Projects (Los Angeles) 6-9pm.
My good buddy Tim Cohen has an art exhibit this weekend at Little Lodge in San Francisco.
Little Lodge is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibit titled Trick Playopening Saturday October 11th.Presenting a rare glimpse into the visual art world of musician Tim Cohen. Better know as front man of the bands Fresh and Onlys & Magic Trick, Cohen has created a rich musical career rooted in the local rock scene. Unbeknownst to many is Cohen's personal body of work which has created a visual language of it's own.
Trick Play features selected drawings on paper and paintings that explore an abstract world of sports mythology through recurring symbolism and hidden narratives. Cohen's unrefined approach draws similarities to the immediacy and raw energy experienced through a home recording session. Sometimes the first thought is the best thought. Come see for yourself.
Opening reception Saturday Oct 11th 7-10 pm
On view Saturday and Sundays 12- 5pm.
1306 12th Ave (@ Irving)
San Francisco Ca 94122
Photo : Little Lodge
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is pleased to present Spirit Animal, an exhibition of work by NY based artist David Ellis and SF based artist Kevin Earl Taylor.
Taylor’s paintings depict stark, surreal landscapes that seem like moments frozen in time. Animals and animal parts confront the viewer and each other, forms tied together by a common visual thread or somehow fused into one another and their surroundings. Some portrayals are lighter and incorporate abstract geometric stratospheres within the natural landscape, bringing to question the nature of animals and whether or not our perception of them as being so different from us is valid. The larger, earlier works are tense, forcing the viewer to consider where or how the human exists within this scene and using the absence of a human subject to question whether or not human presence would have a positive or negative effect.
Ellis’ paintings also incorporate natural landscapes and makes use of animals as the main protagonists. However his work conveys a sense of movement, energy and flow that is a direct contrast to Taylor’s arrested, anthropomorphic figures. Ellis draws from his surroundings, using what he knows and what is familiar and then incorporating what he feels, what he sees, and what he hears. He is heavily influenced by music and is swept up in the dynamics and constantly changing beat of life. Growing up in rural North Carolina and currently living in Woodstock, NY, Ellis intertwines the landscape and its animals with his own internal ebb and flow. The loudness of a free and natural rhythm and the looseness of a fluid stream of consciousness is depicted through gestural and graphic renditions of smoke clouds or undulating waves weaving their way in an out of wooded scenery and the mouths of predators.
Both Taylor and Ellis find ways to incorporate the environment that humanity has continuously distanced itself from and both remix their own spirit back into the portrayal. Ellis builds out his signature patterns and swirls and paints himself into the work. Taylor depicts an eerily distant scene, ultimately asking questions about relationships. He evokes the symbiotic relationship of humanity versus the rest of the world while also asking how we can possibly define our priorities without taking into consideration those of the world we depend on. Taylor’s presentation of beautiful self-sustaining ecosystems and cephalopods on pedestals beg the question of life versus art and to define the difference between the two. Ellis’ stereo producing trees and animals howling graphic rays depict the similarities between us and them and the free flowing necessity to engage in animalistic behavior and perhaps embrace the rhythmic, and sometimes tense dance, between what is natural and what is constructed.
Spirit Animal will be on view at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS through October 11th.
SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is a multifunctional gallery space promoting diverse forms of art while providing a forum for contemporary dialogue. It was established by Shepard Fairey and Blaze Blouin in 1995 and played an integral part in introducing skateboarding culture and design to the art world. Now located in the historic neighborhood of Echo Park, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS continues to offer a platform for artistic exploration and innovation. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 pm.
1331 W. Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles, CA 90026 • Tel: 213.213.0078 • subliminalprojects.com