'... or the Evening Redness in the West' - an exhibition of photographs and drawings by Phil Taylor'
Exhibition at DPM Images Gallery, Brighton, UK 27/06 - 02/08/2012
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This recent body of work was created during a three month period in 2011 while living in Tucson, Arizona USA. The images in the work represent a personal visual interpretation of historical, social, political and cultural elements of the region. They form part of a journal of landscapes, people and the environment of towns and cities. The visual language ranges from portraiture to pictorialism, landscape and abstraction.
The subjects depicted in the body of work include cultural festivals such as the "Dia de los Muertos", images of the US/Mexican border, the high desert landscape, Native American Reservations, gun culture and the Barrio Viejo in Tucson.
"During his three-month stay in Tucson, Arizona, Phil Taylor focused his intentions and his camera on the region’s environment, people, culture, and politics. From the arid Southwest landscape to the folk traditions of indigenous peoples, his images interpret a range of subjects that include desolate expanses and urban sprawl as well as issues surrounding the Second Amendment right to bear arms and Arizona’s close proximity to Mexico. Taylor is a visitor yet he senses what might make a good picture as if he has been photographing here for years, infusing both the mundane and the magical with an almost dreamlike quality that draws the viewer in. His understanding and use of light is a pivotal tool he exploits and experiments with to both expose details and transform seemingly arbitrary scenes with otherworldly presence. Chance and randomness seem to be everywhere, yet the whole is unified by Taylor’s vision and presentation of the work. Carefully considered selection, sequencing, and pairings of images create new visual contrasts and connections as narrative fragments are suggested, interrupted, and never fully realized, but deftly felt and experienced."
Cass Fey, Curator of Education
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona, USA
A limited edition of four A2 Giclee prints on Somerset paper of exhibition posters designed by Angus Mackenzie and Nadine Shaban will be available during the exhibition (depicted above).
The work exhibited forms part of a larger body of work in development: '... or the Evening Redness in the West', please see: www.hotelvitrine.tumblr.com for more information (blog)