Al Taylor b. 1948 in Springfield, Missouri, USA. Died in 1999 in New York.
The artistic gaze of Al Taylor is loaded with playful, everyday poetry where even the most banal objects and phenomena are granted a position of glory. Puddles of dog piss, peas, thumbs and the like are granted special status in Taylor’s bipartite universe, where sculptures and prints – the three-dimensional and two-dimensional – enter a unique dialogue with each other. Thumbs (1997) is a highly concrete example of this dialogue, where Taylor’s subtle yet insistent humor can be recognised, slowly changing how we perceive the phenomena around us – in a way that is uniquely poetical and life-affirming. The puddle, spring and bottle become entirely poetic phenomena, with their own wry nature and physical presence.
The artistic experiment is reduced to an absolute minimum in Taylor’s works. He sees, hears or finds, then lets the phenomenon be seen from numerous angles and points of view. As he said himself: "Instead of forcing myself onto some anonymous objects, I try to find a method that will allow them to form their own logic beyond me."
Regardless of how prosaic or down-to-earth Taylor's objects are, they always end in wry yet uncompromising poetry.
Al Taylor has worked with Niels Borch Jensen Editions from 1989 to 1998.