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Faculty Event: Caleb Taylor and Christopher Spaw Present Fixed Positions
September 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 4 – 7p.m.
September 12 – October 12, 2019
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10a-1p
MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center Gallery
Fixed Positions is comprised of architectonic abstractions printed and painted on vinyl used for outdoor signage. The viewer is greeted in the hallway by a hanging plane that breaks the gallery’s threshold and leads into the exhibition. This plane is both the literal entry into the space and the point where images begin to mediate, interrupt, contextualize, and invigorate the venue.
Images have the potential to enter into dialogue with architectural structures, and influence how spaces are physically and visually navigated. Walking the perimeter of a room allows one to experience the totality of space, taking a physical survey of place and location. In contrast, bisecting a space to its distant corners allows viewers to take ownership over space in ways that are immediate.
Caleb Taylor’s practice has increasingly focused on tectonic structures and their relationships to constructed environments, place, and dynamics connected to ways of seeing. Fixed Positions was made in collaboration with architect Christopher Spaw, and challenges relational qualities of space and architecture with new concerns for site-specificity. Their use of monumental geometry narrates the installation and takes viewers through a physical survey where the awareness of traveled pathways become the content. The making of their work reveals complex conversations addressing dualities of images and objects and perception and understanding as important shared themes in this exhibition
Caleb Taylor is a 2010 Charlotte Street Foundation Fellow whose practice freely navigates the disciplines of painting, collage, photography, and sculpture. He is the recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, and has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Joan Mitchell Center, and Ucross Foundation. His paintings and drawings are published in New American Painting and have been exhibited at numerous venues including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Arts (KC), Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), and Tiger Strikes Asteroid (NY). Taylor’s work is included in the public collections of the Nerman MoCA, KU Medical Center, and Polsinelli Law Firm (KC). He received his MFA in painting from Montana State University-Bozeman (2008) and his BFA from Northwest Missouri State University (2004.) Taylor is Associate Professor in the Foundation Department at the Kansas City Art Institute.
In addition to his studio practice, Taylor is a founding member of PLUG Projects, a curatorial collaboration in the Stockyards District of Kansas City. PLUG is a recipient of a 2011 Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art, and Charlotte Street Foundation.
Works in exhibition courtesy of Haw Contemporary, Kansas City.