A compendium of craft masquerading as art, art masquerading as craft, and craft extending its middle finger.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


The other day, I caught one of HBO's original Pee Wee Herman episodes, and was reminded of how awesome Gary Panter's sets and art direction were for Pee-Wee's CBS series. The colors! The flatness! The..the...funk! There's something to be said for existing in a 2-dimensional world. I won't tell you how randomly I stumbled across Brooklyn-based artist Taylor McKimmens (okay...a google image search for "trashpile" yielded this result). Taylor makes 2-dimensional assemblages out of plywood, paper, and cardboard, using paper cutouts to add to the "flat" effect. His subjects are banal middle-american images such as sandwiches, brokedick pickup trucks, andtelevisions showing suburban husbands boarding up the window in their dainties. The work drips with humor, but also with a certain sadness. If Philip Guston collided with Red Grooms, maybe this would be the result. If you're in the New York, be sure to check out his show this year at the Clementine Gallery!



At 1/10/2006 10:34:00 PM, Blogger anti-factory said...

very nice...! his style is similar to a san francisco artist, Jason Jagel, who shows at Richard Heller Gallery in NYC. If you image google his name you can check out his stuff. he does lots of cutouts based on his drawings that get a similar 3d effect.


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