Cuts and Splits
Eli Ridgway Gallery is pleased to present Cuts and Splits, the gallery's second solo exhibition of Bay Area artist Christopher Taggart. Presenting hyper intricate composites of dissected and recombined imagery - (originally personal photographs, playing cards, and government compiled archival data) - Cuts and Splits functions as an investigation into the intensive process of ordering and reordering traditional systems of visual organization. Taggart's dedication to complex patterns of growth, accumulation and regeneration has led him to further expand on the medium non-specific practice he has become known for.
Cuts and Splits will feature large scale image composites, etchings, video and sculpture all exploring the theme of the capriciousness of multiplication. Digital photographic collage Colony combines and restructures aerial photographs of 21 California state prisons, while video 100 Years Later is a contemporary, kinetic interpretation of Marcel Duchamp's iconic Nude Descending a Staircase.
Concurrently with Cuts and Splits, Taggart will be unveiling a 52 foot permanent installation at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Research Center. Blue Column is 13 monumental etchings on aluminum panel paralleling the meticulous craft, detail and fragmentation in the current exhibition.
Along with a B.S. is Physics from the College of William And Mary, Taggart also holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Taggart has presented his work in numerous exhibitions across the country, including the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, the Richard L. Nelson Gallery UC Davis, the Drawing Center, NY, ACE Gallery, Los Angles, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, the Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Gallery of the School of Art & Design, Suny Purchase, NY.