Linda Warren Projects is proud to present three exhibitions of new works by: Zach Taylor, “Everything Forever” (Gallery Y), Kim Piotrowski, “Pushing Corners” (Gallery X), and Andrew LeMay Cox, “Love Spells” (Gallery O).
Material process, experimentation, and discipline are the nexus for these three talented painters. The exploration and interplay between sculpture and painting generate distinctive work that is aesthetically and academically compelling. Whether or not the images or materials are recognizable, it is their unique painting styles, application, and technique that encourage the viewer to reconsider the physical and emotional constructs of the work.
Gallery Y - Zach Taylor, "Everything Forever"
In “Everything Forever,” Zach Taylor presents three series of paintings that at first glance may appear incoherent, yet are thoughtfully threaded by an undeniable ghostly sentimental beauty. The conceptual underpinnings of each image or object holds both personal significance and value to the artist, yet simultaneously attempts to generate a universal experience and affinity for the viewer. “By interpreting images through diverse painting techniques and styles, as well as constructing simulations of ordinary objects with paint, the overall body of work functions as documentation of emotion and memory,” Taylor’s paintings and objects evoke contemplation. They challenge notions of originality by borrowing and replicating art historical techniques and theories.
Included in the exhibition is a paper plane constructed from molded paint, which concurrently conjures flashbacks of distant childhood memories yet questions the authenticity of the object as an “art commodity.” However, Taylor’s abstract paintings utilize recognizable painting styles, such as pointillism and hyperrealism, to abstract flickers of memory that feel familiar and universal - a blurred Wilkerson-esque scene at IKEA, reminds us of the mundane and instills a particular sensation of comfort. Yet it is his “dream” paintings that sublimely depict a common curiosity and longing for remembering dreams, our quest to pinpoint a place and time or an emotion that our subconscious recognizes. Taylor successfully exerts the capabilities of material and painting to communicate a deeply personal narrative that is collectively shared. Each singular work from the series was “created as a gesture of honesty through abstracted realism, seeking to illustrate and decipher experiential details of human individuality and uniformity.”
Zach Taylor, a Los Angeles based artist, has been featured in several exhibitions across the country including the MAMA Gallery and Los Feliz Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His work can be found in the corporate collection of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago as well as a part of several private collections throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Zach Taylor received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000 and his MFA from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida in 2015. This is Taylor’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.