Taylor Featured at 1969 gallery and Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Chris Taylor (Senior Critic, Glass) has been selected to feature in the opening exhibition of the new 1969 Gallery (103 Allen Street, New York). Taylor was commissioned to produce a special sculpture piece to accompany All Together Now: New Paintings by Tom Anholt, Markus Bacher, and Alexander Kroll. The exhibition is on show now through 6th November 2016.
In addition to his work at 1969 Gallery he has also been selected to take part in an upcoming exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT) entitled Handmade. This exhibition is scheduled to open on the 20th May 2018 through 31st March 2019.
Taylor describes his approach to Handheld in the following artists statement:
Hands are made to hold lots of things: pencils, babies, heavy pieces of furniture, other people’s hands. Yet, for many of us in today’s world, the feeling in our hands that is most familiar is the easy weight of our electronic devices. Touch is increasingly in the form of a swipe, where sensation is ignored in favor of access to the digital landscapes of our own selection. It is a place where we can look at imagery as much as we want, but we cannot touch. Yet, as we think of traditional forms for our most precious things, the words of grandmothers worldwide echo, “Look but don’t touch.” This surprising parallel to our increasingly flat-screened lives offers new consideration of the relationship between haptic and optic—hand and eye—in domestic life.
Using domestic objects as a point of departure, Handheld will chart artists and designers various responses to objects scaled to the hand. Seeking questions rather than answers, the exhibition will explore the hand as a means of creation, a formal frame of reference, and will highlight current complexities in the meaning of touch. Materials are central to Handheld. Clay and metal can, quite literally, record fingerprints and movement, glass is blown with our breath, and fiber traces the finger’s work. These also happen to be those most familiar to our domestic life: the feel of our favorite coffee cup, our faucet tap, our sheets as we climb into bed. Working across the fields of craft, design, and art, Handheld will explore touch through form, material, process, and scale. For viewers, touch will be a source of both delight and tension as they consider small sensual objects, which can be looked upon but not felt.
Jonathan Muecke, who is known for his deceptively simple works, sensitivity to materials, and conceptual approach to design problem solving, has been commissioned to create a site-specific exhibition display for Handheld.