Angus Taylor: In the Middle of it
From June 2 to July 1, 2017, Everard Read Gallery will present In the Middle of it by South African artist, Angus Taylor.
Known for his powerful, often monumental, sculptural works, Taylor works with an extraordinary range of materials from his immediate environment – Belfast granite, red jasper and the orange soil found near Johannesburg. He relishes working with challenging materials, on a scale that many sculptors find intimidating.
The inventiveness with which Taylor tackles materials positions him as a post-modern artist making reference to traditional crafting techniques, but using them to create works that are unmistakably contemporary.
Taylor’s craftsmanship, bold and visionary approach, and his original use of materials, has resulted in landmark sculptures and many public and private commissions across Africa, Europe, North America and Australia.
In the middle of it is proof of an artist being in the moment, beyond the initial anxiety of the halfway mark, and thoroughly immersed in his work: “I am fortunate to have the luxury of now seeking out my own difficulties, and it is a good place to be. I hope the work communicates this energy.”
Angus Taylor was born in 1970 in Johannesburg. He uses traditional materials such as granite or bronze and deploys innovative techniques; imprinting texts into the bronze surfaces or eschewing the carvability of granite in favour of its block-like potential to construct works that allude to human form, without describing it. Taylor has featured his works in several exhibitions including Biography of Material, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2011); After the Rainbow Nation, Nirox Sculpture Park, South Africa (2013); From Explicit to Implicit, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014); FNB Art Fair, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014); 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, CIRCA Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2015); and Bronze, Steel & Stone, Everard Read Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2016).
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