Please join us for the Opening Reception of the month-long exhibit of local Madison artist Joseph Taylor.
There will be Artisan cheeseboards and Yahara Bay Distillers spirits sampling and cocktails served all day long!
To put it simply, Joseph Taylor (1983 Milwaukee, Wi United states) is a renaissance man. One moment he is a multi instrumentalist, the next a carpenter or fix-it man and this is the short beginning to a much longer list. But here we talk about wood and the technique is called "intarsia". There is no waste in his work. The recycled and reclaimed tag fully applies here but with a little less of the “save the earth” feeling and more raw resourcefulness, even the nails used have been straightened on an anvil and reapplied. Dyed and laminated maple from recycled skateboards has been cut, carved, hand sanded and arranged on planks of wood collected from any number of past lives to create calm distant landscapes. Characters in these landscapes might include a train, hot air balloons or a passing submarine in the sky, somehow marrying a vintage 70’s stock photo with a lucid dream about aliens. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, Taylor investigates a simplification of a world that is easy on our mind but doesn’t fail to raise question. Rather than presenting a factual reality, a suggestion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. All mysteries aside, it is the simplicity that stands out in this work. Any labors and volume of the creation process are washed away in the sight of the final piece. Easy to look at, one may wish to be a part of the image and bask in the silence. This is the intention, to create and promote some idea of ease in a far too busy world. A piece that quiets your brain and keeps you company while occasionally asking a question, helping one remember there is something more pure than the jumbled mess that is often before us.It hangs on a wall and has a permanent feeling of durability, a welcome reprieve from carefully tiptoeing around canvas and clay or the lost music files and spreading weeds of some of the multi man’s other interests. Joseph has been consistent in his ability to book solo exhibitions amongst his busy schedule of commissioned work and fine art fairs where he has earned himself People’s Choice awards and Best in Shows. There is an obvious effort to continue working on a larger scale by adapting his style and medium to various venues and opportunities. Joseph Taylor currently lives and creates in Madison, Wisconsin. He can be found on his porch weekdays around noon, covered in sawdust, drinking tea and planning his afternoon with a pencil behind his ear.