76 Grand Street
Soft Serve featured a new large portrait, four works on paper, and sculptural interventions by Taylor McKimens in a special exhibit in our storefront gallery. Taylor McKimens makes installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing all from a very elaborated world of his own creation: a world where the dark side of rural living inadvertently concocts elegant moments out of the repulsive and bizarre.
This large portrait featured a lip-bitingly awkward woman brandishing a recently caught fish, the slimy pink lure still protruding from its mouth and her, wearing nothing but a dirty white tee-shirt and broken glasses. The four works on paper were part of Taylor’s ongoing relationship with comics and illustration. Working out ideas and burning through a lot of imagery quickly, Taylor made hand-painted comics and zines (this one for The Ganzfield) that were beautiful objects on their own. These were a continuation of Taylor’s ongoing series, The Drips.
Taylor McKimens’ monsters were not terribly other-worldly or fantastical but were rather the folks next door, down the street, or on the wrong side of the tracks. Deadbeats and derelicts roam sparse, harshly lit worlds of soggy bread and Band-Aids, bologna and knotted garden hose. Taylor was concerned with the entropic—splatters, drips, tangles, mold and decay, rust and ruin—all the corners where disorder began to reclaim our fabricated environment and our bodies. No one was smiling and everyone was somehow sweaty.
Taylor McKimens was born in 1976 in Seattle, Washington and raised in Winterhaven, California, a small desert town on the Mexican border. He currently lives and works in Canada. He has exhibited at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Galleri Loyal in Stockholm, and Clementine Gallery in New York. His work was included in Panic Room: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Works on Paper Collection in Athens, Greece, 2007.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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