October 27th, 2020
Fresh delivery! From the Wisconsin studio of Richard Taylor — and hand delivered via art van, from our epic art road trip. These new works represent four new series for the sculpture artist. We are always so grateful when our artists give deeper insight into their works, as any information to the artwork helps to connect us all to the piece. Read more below about these new bodies of work and the inspiration behind the sculpture.
The unrecognized saints.
Gold is light, knowledge, power, sanctity, treasure, the sun, the glow around an icon, or the flicker behind candles in a sacred space. Gold is loaded with significance. I gilded figures atop four indoor sculptures in a new series paying tribute to those amongst us who do good deeds for others, and go unrecognized. They might care for elders in their family or work at food banks. In current times, they might work in a hospital or with the homeless. They are Golden.
Black and white adventures in television.
When I was a kid, there were four channels on the TV, and all was shown in black and white. Screens were small, rounded at the corners, often full of visual static, and sometimes displayed the magical test pattern. Whether it was a meaningful movie or a vapid weekly show, I took it in with rapt attentiveness.
These wall sculptures in a series of fourteen are my homage to old black and white TV sets and the adventures contained within them.
The spaces of our dreams.
In “The Poetics of Space,” philosopher Gaston Bachelard uses the house as a metaphor for a container of dreams, poetry, and the emergence of consciousness. The house form is iconic and universal. We are within and without shelter in our daily lives. Walks at night in the city allow us to look inside the shelters of others. The sun casts our shadows on shelters as we pass by them in the daytime. My Shelter series invites viewers to inhabit these small spaces and use them as repositories of their dreams.
HERO AND HEROINE
Honoring the exceptional amongst the masses.
These are small, personal monuments to ordinary people who are our heroes and heroines in everyday life. They may not be on horseback, or atop a tall public column, but they are elevated in our hearts for what they give to others.