Rodney taylor // grey
Opening Reception Thursday April 28 2016, 6-9pm
On view April 28 – May 29, 2016
Closing reception and Artist Remarks Thursday May 25, 5 – 9pm
Eleven Twenty Projects is pleased to present Rodney Taylor: Grey, an exhibition of the artist’s most recent black and white paintings.
Within these recent paintings, Taylor pushes the principles and advances the ideas seen in his earlier black and white pieces, which were pure abstraction. In these new paintings, Taylor’s form of abstraction incorporates landscapes, often invisible at first, resembling windows or grids into another realm: a dream state, including figures, memories, and symbols that are weaved into the background.
Taylor works in the most primitive method of painting, using his hands to apply earth and pigment on a surface. Exhausting abstraction as an instrument, these paintings are notpredetermined, as the materials sometimes dictate the outcome. A process of understanding what can be controlled, while having a serene acceptance of what can’t, Taylor describes the paintings as, “the unbearable burden of the black and white... grey."
Grey is Taylor’s first solo exhibition since his 20-year survey Impure Abstraction at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Gallery in 2014.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Born in Buffalo in 1969, Rodney Taylor moved to New York City at the age of 20 where he studied, lived and worked for 16 years. He studied at Cooper Union, The Fashion Institute of Technology, Bard Annondale on Hudson, and The Skowhegan School of painting and sculpture where he received a fellowship. Past exhibitions include Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, The Mexican Museum of Art, and various galleries in Miami and New York City, and the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Gallery. Taylor’s work is included in many prominent collections nationwide, including the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY.