Bushel is pleased to present an installation of paintings, collage, audio recordings, video, and handmade books by Laura Taylor. Working across forms and formats but with a singular attention to her subject matter, Taylor creates a layered viewing and listening experience that recalls and deploys the affective powers of childhood memories that become, rightly or wrongly, totemic cues of identity. Beginning with analog artifacts from her early childhood in Brazil—including slides that have discolored with time, faded super-8 footage, and hardback copies of a book written in the 1960s by her demographer father—Taylor scans, prints, un-binds and screenshots, then cuts, paints, glues, projects, and draws, all in multiple iterations, before editing and combining the results into installations she conceives of as three-dimensional, walk-in books. Displayed throughout the exhibition are a selection of Taylor’s artist books: one-of-a-kind text-and-image creations that visitors are welcome to handle and read.
Laura Taylor was born in Maryland to a Brazilian mother and an American father, and raised in London, Ontario. Her childhood was marked by frequent visits to Brazil to visit grandparents and extended family, with many summers spent deep in the Atlantic rain forest. Taylor studied art at The Ontario College of Art, Le Université du Quebec à Trois-Rivières, and at The New York Studio School in New York City. She has been awarded residencies at Kulterrmodell in Passau, Germany; Treffpunkst in Ried-im-Innkreis, Austria; Governor’s Island in New York City; and the Vermont Studio Center, and her work has been shown at AIR Gallery, The Painting Center, Brenda Taylor Gallery, RKL Gallery, the Salzburg International Art Fair, and elsewhere. Since 2010, she has divided her time between NYC and the Catskills. Her work, writing, and a short video can be seen at www.laurataylorpainter.com
Festejar 18 Risonhas Primaveras (To Celebrate 18 Laughing Springs) December 23, 2017—February 4, 2018
Saturday, December 23 5-7PM
Open for viewing during Open Hours and events (see the Calendar for event listings), and by appointment.