|December 13th, 2013 - February 1st, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday December 13th, 2013 6 - 8 pm
dm contemporary NYC is proud to present new work by Kansas City artist Caleb Taylor. Taylor's work has been exhibited in a three person show as well as several group shows at dm contemporary. This will be his first one-person show with the gallery and his first one-person show in New York. The exhibition which opens at dm contemporary NYC on Friday, December 13th,with a reception from 6 - 8 pm, features acrylic and oil paintings on canvas from the artist's ongoing 'Space Gate Series'. The work remains on view through February 1st, 2014.
Abstract yet tactile, Caleb Taylor's paintings explore the complex dynamics of body and space, and how physical and psychological encounters with our surroundings are influenced by perceptual variables such as palette, materiality and scale. The spatial experience unfolds dramatically as the viewer is confronted by Taylor's large scale, mostly dark paintings. Bands of dark grey and black paint, like bars of a gate, sweep across the surface in broad gestures - vertically, horizontally, or crisscrossing - blocking or revealing the more luminous bright colors underneath. Gates serve a dual purpose: they deny entry, but they also allow it. This tension and duality carries on in Taylor's work with investigations into what is near/far, foreground/background, concealed/revealed. According to Taylor, his paintings "create non-specific places where modes of looking are as much the content as material, subject or presentation strategy".
Caleb Taylor is a 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation Fellow whose practice freely navigates the disciplines of painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture. He is the recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, and has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Urban Culture Project, and Ucross Foundation. His paintings and drawings are published in New American Painting and have been exhibited at numerous venues including the Nerman MoCA, Grand Arts (KC), CUE Art Foundation (NY), and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art (KC). Taylor's work is included in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and KU Medical Center. He received his MFA in painting from Montana State University-Bozeman (2008) and his BFA from Northwest Missouri State University (2004). Currently, he is a Special Instructor in the School of the Foundation Year at the Kansas City Art Institute. In addition to his studio practice, Taylor is a founding member of PLUG Projects, a curatorial collaboration in the Stockyards District of Kansas City. PLUG's goal is to energize artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work by local and national artists. They are recipients of a 2011 Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, and Charlotte Street Foundation.
dm contemporary, NYC, is located at: 39 East 29th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in New York (212) 576-2032
Gallery hours are: Wednesday – Friday 12 – 6 pm, and Saturday 12 – 4 pm.