Thursday, July 5, 5–8pm
Covering a decade of studio production, Excessive and Incomplete contains works by OSU senior lecturer Chris Taylor. The floral and textual patterns in his paintings, along with silhouettes of familiar still-life objects, are doubled, flipped, and rotated on a variety of stretched support materials, which range from the nearly total transparency of clear plastic, to the nearly complete opacity of black-out cloth. He often paints on both the back and front of these materials, foregrounding their physical qualities, and putting both "recto" and "verso" into play in the paintings. Through such processes, he creates a wide range of visually complex and conceptually challenging relationships among the elements of his work.
His drawings are intimate, absorbing still-lives that encourage close, meditative study and contemplation. Echoing his paintings, objects in these works are frequently repeated and reversed, often through the use of mirrors included in the depicted arrangements, or in the form of shadows cast by candles and other light sources, or by situating paper stencils (some of the same stencils he uses to make his paintings) in such a way that the two sides are visible to the viewer.
Both bodies of work are highly self-reflective, and both throw into question the nature of pictorial self-reflection. Taylor's pictures simultaneously affirm and transgress their own defining edges, surfaces, and spaces; asserting these features, but only by going through, around and beyond them. As such, the works exhibit indeterminate and tense boundaries, and their reflections upon themselves are always provocatively unfinished and open-ended.
During Excessive and Incomplete, Chris Taylor will be in-residence at Swing Space Gallery, transforming a portion of the space into a working studio. For a unique gallery experience, visitors are welcome, when the artist is on-site, to stop by and engage in informal conversations with him.
Chris Taylor grew up in New York and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the State University of New York, Purchase College, in 1992. In 1996 he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from The Ohio State University, and is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Art at the OSU campus in Newark, OH. He has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States and in Germany, as well as online. In addition to art making and teaching, he also writes and publishes essays on art theory and history.