Craig Taylor (Associate Professor, Painting) currently has an exhibition, The Elastic Cache, on view at the University of Maine Museum of Art (40 Harlow Street, Bangor) through 5th May 2018.
The Elastic Cache features oil paintings, intaglio prints, and works on paper. The forms in Taylor’s compositions invite multiple associations, some paintings resemble abstracted portrait busts or barnacle covered stones placed on crude plinths, while others may appear to be the weathered bark of trees or beings with phantasmagorical corporality.
Taylor’s irregularly shaped forms are covered with thick slabs of manipulated paint and horizontal marks of varying sizes. The precariously balanced, yet detailed shapes are prominently placed in a shallow ambiguous space. In some of the works there is an uncanny, almost humorous gesture that is further magnified by Taylor’s palette that ranges from saturated reds to monochrome mixtures.