© 2019 MICHAEL TAYLOR

NOVEMBER 2012

MUMBO JUMBO

WHATIFTHEWORLD GALLERY, CAPE TOWN

You again
Looking for trouble
Stick to what you know
Two timer
This is a monologue
No easy way in
No easy way out
Every man is an island
Easy-peasy-paradise
Surprise surprise
This is what you get
Good old mumbo jumbo

John Dunne’s observation that ‘No man is an island, entire of itself’ is generally accepted as the ubiquitous man-island metaphor. The comparative association of people with islands is not uncommon. Through the ages literature has offered classic examples of man-meets-island fiction. Tales such as The Odyssey, Gulliver’s Travels, The Tempest, Robinson Crusoe, and The Island of Dr. Moreau all explore island ideologies. In psychology Jungian theory compares an individual’s ego to the notion of an island. Contemporary psychoanalytic practice provides space for the individual to draw a picture of what one’s own island looks like. Interpretative value is placed on these real and imagined islanded words, thoughts, and marks.

Taylor has chosen to approach this exhibition as a playful exercise in describing the landscape of his ‘island’.

Not only is this body of work a return to large-scale drawing for Taylor, but also, a return to using narrative as a starting point for the image-making process. Devising a story, in the form of a poem, and working with a select number of preconceived titles, Taylor attempts to create a familiar metaphor for which to make drawings. The narrative shifts simultaneously between two chief protagonists – the hero, Mickey, and his ego, the island. Diving between character sketches the pictures illustrate an uncanny likeness of the two subjects.

Predominantly featuring fictional characters and imaginary spaces, Taylor’s work brings together the visual languages of illustration and abstraction to challenge notions of representation and the interpretation of pictures.

http://www.whatiftheworld.com/exhibition/mumbo-jumbo/

http://www.artthrob.co.za/Reviews/M_Blackman_reviews_Taylor

 
Looking for trouble, Michael Taylor 2012, Gouache and pencil on paper, 150 x 120 cm
 
Easy peasy paradise, Michael Taylor 2012, Charcoal on paper, 150 x 175 cm
 
No easy way in, Michael Taylor 2012, Gouache on card, 20 x 20 cm
 
This is what you get, Michael Taylor 2012, Gouache on card, 20 x 20 cm
 
Good old mumbo jumbo, Michael Taylor 2012, Gouache and pencil on paper, 160 x 120 cm
 
Two timer, Michael Taylor 2012, Gouache and pencil on paper, 100 x 70 cm
 
Stick to what you know, Michael Taylor 2012, Charcoal on paper, 150 x 175 cm
 
You again, Michael Taylor 2012, Charcoal on paper, 150 x 150 cm
 
Surprise surprise, Michael Taylor 2012, Charcoal on paper, 150 x 150 cm
 
No easy way out, Michael Taylor 2012, Gouache and pencil on paper, 94 x 67 cm
 
This is a monologue, Michael Taylor 2012, Gouache and pencil on paper, 160 x 120 cm
 
Every man is an island, Michael Taylor 2012, Charcoal on paper, 150 x 150 cm