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Garland Martin Taylor

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The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

abstract, figurative, sculpture


My sculptures are diatribes to disorder and confusion; short stories that illuminate the evidence of my labor; my struggle to create logic, balance, and harmony out of the tiny pieces of steel discards from railroad maintenance crews, the construction trades, and the manufacturing industry.  I repurpose the scrap into cast-welded, shaped steel finished with electrostatic glazes. My work is informed by the characteristics of people, and design in nature. I respond with misleadingly figurative, deceptively abstract art that is unabashedly labor intensive. I strike a balance between skill and spontaneity.  Working this way allows me to suspend in solidity molten steel’s characteristic liquidity.

Recent Exhibits

Garland Martin Taylor participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2012 Exhibition Reception for The Center Program: Front & Center
Hyde Park Art Center
May, 2011 Art of Work
Arrowhead Room
Jan, 2011 Of Muses, Mentors & Masquerade
African-American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois @ Chicago
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