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Artists’ Market is pleased to present an exhibition of extraordinary images by Maggie Taylor titled ‘Seeing Things” from April 12th through June 29th, 2019.
There will be a exhibition opening on Friday April 12th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm featuring a discussion of Maggie Taylor’s artwork by Jeffrey Price as well as a short film showcasing Taylor and her thought-provoking pictures.
“We open our eyes every day,” says Price, “but only when something remarkable is going on do we say that we are seeing things. Maggie Taylor’s images blur the separation of what is real and what is imagined, and though we may not be sure of the circumstances, we know what is happening and sense something magical is occurring.”
Maggie Taylor’s pictures combine antique and modern photographs, the artist’s own paintings, and images of anything that catches her fancy and can fit on her flat-bed scanner. Her images tend to defy simple descriptions of either technique or subject. Her prints are realistic yet highly imaginative, and though they certainly involve cameras and printers, they are far from ordinary photographs.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1961, Taylor spent countless hours as a child in the company of books, Barbie dolls, and television sitcoms. After receiving a degree in Philosophy from Yale and a Master’s degree in Photography at the University of Florida, Taylor worked for over ten years as an exhibiting fine art still-life photographer. An early adapter of digital technology, Taylor has created exquisitely-crafted inkjet prints of her work since the late 1990s. With the use of a flatbed scanner and a variety of small cameras, she conjures up a stage-like world of unsettled magic, piling mysterious layer upon layer. At times Taylor’s finished creations are comprised of several hundred separate image-layers seamlessly blended together. The final result is a visually coherent, painterly image that allows the anonymous antique photographs to tell a new story. In this recycled world of unsettling juxtapositions there are no neat conclusions or resolutions: each image opens a new set of questions and possibilities.
‘What do you call yourself’ is a classic example of Taylor’s use of multiple pictorial and three-dimensional sources. The young girl is derived from a 19th century daguerreotype, while the fawn is a composite made from a scan of a stuffed toy together with an engraving. The red tulip and foreground ferns are direct scans from real plants picked from Taylor’s garden while the tree behind Alice’s head is from an antique print and distant house and trees are from conventional photographs made with a digital camera.
The exhibition is free and open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, with evening hours until 8pm on Thursday. Artists’ Market is at 163 Main Street in Uptown Norwalk, with free parking and handicap access. Contact Jeffrey Price for more information at 203-846-2550
Contact Name: Jeffrey Price
Contact Email: jeff@artistsMarket.com
Contact Phone: 203-846-2550
This event is free of charge.
Accessible restrooms too.
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