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Madai Taylor
Dynamic Visions
Agora Gallery
530 West 25th StreetNew York,NY
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Earth & Adhesive on Paper Mounted on Board
48" x 48" 

    Shedding of Innocent Blood, Utha and Tennessee Earth

    Earth & Adhesive on Paper Mounted on Board
    48" x 48"
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Earth & Adhesive on Paper Mounted on Board
48" x 48" 

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    Earth & Adhesive on Paper Mounted on Board
    48" x 48"
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Earth & Adhesive on Paper Mounted on Board
48" x 48" 

    Secret Place, Arizona and Iowa Earth

    Earth & Adhesive on Paper Mounted on Board
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Madai Taylor

MADAI TAYLOR

Dynamic Visions
July 8 – July 28, 2016
Reception: Thursday, July 14, 2016 6-8 PM

With his innovative use of one of the oldest materials on the planet, Madai Taylor expresses themes of disintegration, regeneration, and reproduction with both his compositions and his process. Instead of paint or pencil, Taylor uses earth as his pigments as he fixes it to paper on board. The range of textures and colors he is able to create is enormous: terra cotta reds, blue muds, oranges, grays, and greens all appear. 

Taylor spreads the earth, cakes it, scratches it, and thins it in turn, so that it closely resembles oil paint in one piece and a transparent watercolor wash in the next. Throughout his work, he embraces the handmade, organic feel of earth, as he applies it in instinctive strokes. He creates graphic patterns and large-scale shapes, with compositions based around hieroglyph-like line symbols and bold fields of tone. Each work is a statement.

Taylor was born in Lake Village, Arkansas and today lives in Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he works as an artist. He has exhibited extensively and worked in a curatorial capacity in Iowa, Idaho, Georgia, Illinois, and Arkansas.