Media Kit - Taylor White

November 11, 2022

PRESS RELEASE

 

ARTIST PORTRAIT

Taylor White at PULPO GALLERY

 

SHORT BIO

 

FACTSHEET

 

PRESS RELEASE TEXT

“When I was a kid, the first things I wanted to draw were cars. I see them differently now though, like containers for the driver, in the way that the skull is a container for the mind. Painting pictures of cars teaches me something about how we perceive problems and adversity in life. All of the driver's concerns are paused and frozen within a rectangular shape. Can I learn to view things like that in life.” – Taylor White, 2022 
 
PULPO GALLERY has the great pleasure of inviting you to PAINTINGS OF CARS, a solo exhibition of the American artist Taylor White, on view from November 11 through December 23, 2022. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 5 pm to 8 pm.
 
Taylor White’s newest series showcases 9 monumental depictions of cars. These sketchy, cartoonish oil-stick paintings are made with broad gestures – some on raw canvas, others on wide color fields.  Spontaneous and unrestrained, the pieces suggest an archetypal, basic idea of the car, the epitome of a simplified, absolute conceptual form inspired by the design and history of the problematic East German Trabant 601.
 
As White states, “I’m interested in the most fundamental things a car does. In my car I am self-contained and self-sufficient. I can control the temperature, the lighting, the sound of the radio. I can sleep in my car if I need to. I bought one in a color that I prefer. I have paperwork that says it’s mine. This is my car.”
 
In order to challenge himself, White has provisionally chosen to break away from his previous process,imposing restrictive self-limitations on materials and form. Abandoning abstraction, he is here working in a representational style using only one medium, with no sewn or collaged elements and no erasure. Rendering images of the iconic Trabant as a default, de facto car shape, White conjures its deep ties to cultural and political history, allowing him to further experiment with tonalities of irony and humor, common elements in his work.
 
The Trabant here also serves as a metaphor for existence: the driver is isolated within the fallible machine much as the human mind is isolated within the fallible body. Some of the cars are contorted, compressed, and twisted to fit within the picture plane, creating a tension with rectilinear surface conventions of painting history, but also referencing the existential restraints of human physicality.
 
White distorts the outline of the canvas shape itself, drawing a more free-form rectangle within the perimeter of the stretcher, another challenge to rectilinearity. This schematic tweak plus his deployment of pedantic, banal, elemental depictions of sky and grass riff on traditional depictions of landscape and the horizon line in classical painting traditions, but also continue the gaze of his bemused eye and its ongoing commentary on contemporary life, art, and their pervasive absurdities.

 

IMAGES

Taylor White - Evading Government Agents, 2021

Taylor White - Going Around a Curve (Intense Concentration), 2021

Taylor White - It'll Buff Out, 2022

Taylor White - Parallel Parking, 2022

Taylor White - Piloting, 2022

Taylor White - I'm racing, I'm racing too, We're racing!, 2022

Taylor White - Romantic Shaking, 2021

Taylor White - This Magic Moment, 2021

Taylor White - When I Get Home We're Gonna Kiss on the Lips, 2022

 

INSTALLATION VIEWS

Installation View - Gallery and front wall

Installation View - Entrance area with "When I Get Home We're Gonna Kiss on the Lips" and "Parallel Parking"

Installation View - Walking by "Going around a curve (Intense concentration)" and "I'm racing, I'm racing too, We're racing!"

Installation View - Walking by "Going aroung a curve (Intense concetration)" and "It'll Buff Out"

Installation View - Walking by " It'll Buff Out" and "Piloting"

Installation View - Walking by "Going aroung a curve (Intense concetration)", "It'll Buff Out" and "Evanding Government Agents"

Installation View - Walking by with "Evading Government Agents" and "This Magic Moment"

Installation View - Walking by "This Magic Moment" and "When I Get Home We're Gonna Kiss on the Lips"

Installation View - Perspective overview 1

Installation View - Perspective overview 2

Installation View - Perspective overview 3

 

PRESS CONTACT:
Katherina Zeifang
katherina@pulpogallery.com
+49 171 1778796