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Rosemary Taylor
Brooklyn , NY
Website: http://
Neighborhood: Flatbush



ARTIST STATEMENT: Rosemary Taylor Artist Statement My current body of work is a series of mixed media paintings composed variably in oil paint, spray paint, ink and graphite. A strongly process-based artist, the urgency of the physical act of creation is primary to my practice. Evident visceral depth and psychological weight saturate one canvas to the next, my signature language of cryptic symbols and curious marks gains momentum as one work bleeds into another. Working in various sizes - on paper, panel, and canvas or at times, directly on the wall - for my site-specific paintings created in situ, the work takes on even more dynamic proportions. These expansive revelations on and off canvas offer layered experiences of color and form. Rhythmic abstraction, occasional use of mix media collage and the raw appeal of language (visible or obscured) keeps pace alongside obfuscated body parts; with genitals, eyes, mouths and hands returning as a reoccurring motif throughout my series. Preliminary small works on paper, drawings, sketches and photos of my urban landscape often seed the larger visual narratives at hand. Photos of architectural and industrial surfaces – painted or faded old metal or stone, constructions sites, graffiti, abandoned storefronts and other urban industrial structures are one consistent thematic within my visual repertoire. Driven by long, heavy strokes and fierce gestural marks, my unique visual language mediates a catharsis bound to the body. Within the potency of my physical gestures – often driven by experiences of violence, violation and the struggle for power in society – springs forth the visual enigma of female subjectivity. In these images I find space to reflect and rest, to map out the reality of my lived experience. Often drawing from personal memory and history, I paint in the spirit of great makers such as Basquiat, Joan Mitchell, Joan Snyder and Elizabeth Murray, to name but a few. My marks on canvas - variably loose, tense, long, short, urgent and delicate – tether to my working class background, that which ultimately drives my personal need to “labor” over my paintings. Over time, as I’ve observed the work shift from a more figurative to abstract register, I’ve felt present in my creative rhythm a cycle of obscuring and revealing. Whether approximations of text, form, void space or color in motion – the images emerge as easily as they recoil.
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ARTIST RESUME:


ROSEMARY TAYLOR

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Bronx Calling, The Bronx Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, Abrons Arts Centers, NY, NY
Shukraan Habibi, Bay Ridge Storefront Art Walk (SAW), Public Art Project Brooklyn, NY
2016 A Bad Question, curated by: Christopher Hutchinson, WonderRoot, Atlanta, GA
2014 I put this moment...here, I put this moment...here, I put this moment...over here, curated
by Jorge Rojas, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
Introductions 2014, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2013 Like I See It. One Night Only Series, Brooklyn Photo Studio, Brooklyn, NY
No Object, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Group Therapy, Curated by Nina Felshin, Two Trees Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Operating Systems, Gallery Ho, Curated by Heng Gil Han, NY, NY
Inside is not the Opposite of Outside, Bronx Arts Space, Bronx NY
What’s in A Collective? Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY
2011 Layer Current, curated by Marisa Sage, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Studio LLC Exhibition, curated by John L. Moore, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning,
Jamaica, NY
2010 tART @A.I.R. curated by Katherine Griefen, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Recipient Exhibition, CUE Foundation, New York, NY
2007 RE: GENERATION: Emerging Women Artists, curated by Joan Snyder Smack Mellon,
Brooklyn, NY
RE: GENERATION: Works on Paper, curated by Florence Neal, Kentler Int’l Drawing
Center, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn College MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New
York, NY

EDUCATION:
BROOKLYN COLLEGE, Master of Fine Arts, 2007, Brooklyn, NY
Concentration: Painting
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2003, Boston, MA
Concentration: Painting
SCUOLA LORENZO de MEDICI, (Study Abroad), 2002, Florence, Italy
Concentration: Painting and Fresco

RESIDENCY, GRANTS, AWARDS:
2017 Artist in the Marketplace, Fellow , Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx NY
2013 Emerge11, Fellow, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey
2011 Studio LLC, Professional Development Residency, Fellow, Jamaica Center for Arts and
Learning
2010 Constance Saltonstall Artist Residency, Alternate
2007 Joan Mitchell MFA Grant Recipient




TEACHING:
LaGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Queens, NY
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Introduction to Art, Introduction to Design
GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York, NY
Aesthetic Education, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking
LINCOLN CENTER EDUCATION, New York, NY
Aesthetic Education, Studio Intensive Visual Art program, Professional Consultancy, District 75 Artist in Residency
DEDALUS FOUNDATION New York, NY Portfolio Development Program
Figure Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Introduction to Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media
JOAN MITCHELL FOUNDATION New York, NY
High School Portfolio, Mentorship Program
STUDIO IN A SCHOOL New York, NY
Artist in Residence Programs, NYC Department of Education
URBAN ARTS PARTNERSHIP New York, NY
High School Portfolio Program, Life Drawing, Painting, Sculpture.
THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT New York, NY
Community Arts Projects


LECTURES/PANELS:
2016 Post- Bourgeois Salon, Rhombus Space, Brooklyn NY
2016 A Bad Question: A Symposium on Race and Feminism in Contemporary Art, Auburn
Avenue
Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, GA
2014 The Power of Art Conference, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Washington D.C.
2012 What’s in a Collective? Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Jamaica, NY
2008 Art, Activism, and Community Visual Art for Social Change, Tufts University, Boston,
MA
2007 Pizer Graduate Colloquium, Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, Brooklyn,
NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
2016 Catherine Rush “Asking Better Questions: tART Collective and Smoke School of Art at
WonderRoot,” July 9, 2016 Art Review http://burnaway.org/author/catherine-rush/
2014 Jorge Rojas “I put this moment...here, I put this moment...here, I put this moment...over
here” Aljira Emerge11 Exhibition Catalog, September 2014
Caitlyn Shea, “Energy, Emotion, and Power in Painting,” SparkBOOM “(blog)”, July 27,
2013 “No Object” Arte Fuse, http://artefuse.com/no-object-at-trestle-projects-brooklyn/, July
28, 2013
2012 Heng Gil Han “What’s in a Collective” JCAL Catalog, May 2012
2008 Gregory Amenoff “2007 Joan Mitchell Foundation, Recipients Exhibition Catalog,” June 2008
2007 Holland Cotter “Agents of Change”, New York Times, February 2007
Denise Thomasos “Brooklyn MFA Thesis Exhibition Catalog,” May 2007
Megan Heuer “Reviews, New York”, ArtNews, May 2007
“Critics Picks”, ArtForum.com, May 2007






 








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