SEPTEMBER 2014

I WAS BORN YESTERDAY

WHATIFTHEWORLD / GALLERY, CAPE TOWN

This body of work sees the artist returning to the seas, a trenchant metaphorical space in which Taylor unleashes his imagined characters. I was born yesterday follows the events of stereotyped gentlemen tribes, coming together in a spectacular staged race. An eccentric romp, fictionalising a battle of the male egos and parodying masculine attitudes.

Bands of men appear theatrically spread out in scenes of nonsense rituals, uncomfortable teaming, unseemly gestures, and small misadventures. These colourful tableaux depict man as confident, youthful, and eager, revelling in his wanderlust with an ignorant, bright expression.

Pervading the image surface are visible traces of preliminary sketches and movements that supplement the unlikely nature of the protagonists. Their portraits are contradictions. Figures appear devoid of certainty, with features left blank, they can be described only by their shadows and ill-colouring.

The body of work is presented in a series of large-scale drawings and painting installations. Group portraits are placed facing each other, or touching in some cases, implying a sense of similitude and the illusion of togetherness.

http://www.whatiftheworld.com/exhibition/i-was-born-yesterday

http://www.10and5.com/2014/09/03/i-was-born-yesterday-by-michael-taylor-a-spectacular-staged-race

 
Head over heels, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 98 x 75 cm
 
Sea legs, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 98 x 75 cm
 
The peanut gallery, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 98 x 75 cm
 
The golden delicious, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 98 x 75 cm
 
Caution to the wind, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 170 x 150 cm
 
The troopers, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 170 x 150 cm
 
The temptation, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 170 x 150 cm
 
The cruising, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 170 x 150 cm
 
The runaways, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 170 x 150 cm
 
The happy hour, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 170 x 150 cm
 
The long forgotten, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 170 x 150 cm
 
The legend, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 75 x 75 cm
 
The magnet, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 75 x 75 cm
 
Ship of fools, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on board, 277 x 389 cm
 
Goodbye ballet, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 75 x 75 cm
 
Goodbye boogie, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic, gouache and pencil
on paper, 75 x 75 cm
 
Mr. January (Peter), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. February (Andrew), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. March (James the Great), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. April (John), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. May (Philip), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. June (Bartholomew), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. July (Thomas), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. August (Matthew), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. September (James the Lesser), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. October (Jude), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. November (Simon), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Mr. December (Judas), Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on board, 60 x 40 cm
 
Beach bats #1, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on paper, 40 x 37.5 cm
 
Beach bats #2, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on paper, 40 x 37.5 cm
 
Beach bats #3, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on paper, 40 x 37.5 cm
 
Beach bats #4, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on paper, 40 x 37.5 cm
 
Beach bats #5, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on paper, 40 x 37.5 cm
 
Beach bats #6, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on paper, 40 x 37.5 cm
 
Beach bats #7, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on paper, 40 x 37.5 cm
 
Beach bats #8, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic and pencil
on paper, 40 x 37.5 cm
 
Boy meets world #1, Michael Taylor 2014, Charcoal and pastel
on paper, 150 x 120 cm
 
Boy meets world #2, Michael Taylor 2014, Charcoal and pastel
on paper, 150 x 120 cm
 
Boy meets world #3, Michael Taylor 2014, Charcoal and pastel
on paper, 150 x 120 cm
 
Boy meets world #4, Michael Taylor 2014, Charcoal and pastel
on paper, 150 x 120 cm
 
Boy meets world #5, Michael Taylor 2014, Charcoal and pastel
on paper, 150 x 120 cm
 
The mission, Michael Taylor 2014, Acrylic on board, 40 x 30 cm
 
Good blues #1, Michael Taylor 2014, Charcoal and pastel
on paper, 150 x 120 cm
 
Good blues #2, Michael Taylor 2014, Charcoal and pastel
on paper, 150 x 120 cm

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