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Garland Martin Taylor

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Self-portrait, 2007 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Gun Bluing 8" X 4" X 4"
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Ms. Sarah's Spine, 2010 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 22" X 8" X 3"
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Swawn, 2001 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Gun Bluing 14" X 8" X 13"
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Detail: Sit, Stay, 2010 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 5" X 22" X 13"
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Sit, Stay, 2010 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 5 X 22 X 13 Inches
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Lost Tree, 2010 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 72 X 36 X 36 Inches
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Detail: Lost Tree, 2010 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 72" X 36" X 36"
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Forbidden Fruit, 2010 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 11 X 16 X 16 Inches
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Knows, 2010 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 13" X 13" X 6"
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Genorosity, 2002 Acrylic and Oil on Cast-welded, Shaped Steel 72" X 36" X 22"
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Remember Your Death, 2007 Mixed Media Variable
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Protege, (Detail), 2010 Cast-welded, Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 78" X 36" X 36"
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Goddess Of Consequences, 2011 Tool Steel, .38 Caliber Revolver, and Cast-welded Shaped Steel With a Nacreous Electrostatic Glaze 16 X 12 X 13 Inches © Garland Martin Taylor
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Pianist, 2011 Cast-welded Shaped Steel With an Electrostatic Glaze 48 X 15 X 14 Inches
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Ms. Leigh's Face, 2011 Cast-welded Shaped Steel With Electrostatic Glaze 10 X 7 X 4 Inches
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Quick Facts
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tags
abstract, figurative, sculpture
Statement

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.