Henry Taylor: Girrrrrl!

Project Room 1 Sep 13–Dec 13, 2008

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Henry Taylor: Girrrrrl!
Sep 13–Dec 13, 2008





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Henry Taylor: Girrrrrl!, 2008 (detail)

Henry Taylor: Girrrrrl! is the first West Coast museum exhibition of this Los Angeles artist, whose paintings poignantly examine the social, political, and racial disparities that persist in the United States. Girrrrrl! includes four new works depicting scenes from Taylor’s personal life and urban community.

Taylor uses lush strokes, an exuberant color palette, and the language and logos of products and pop culture in his vivid portrayals of friends, loved ones, local characters, childhood memories, and neighborhood landscapes. The loosely painted and often crudely unfinished surfaces give the works a riveting, tangible immediacy, like Polaroids freshly pulled from the camera. The artist’s experiences with poverty and homelessness before his enrollment at CalArts compellingly inform his practice. His unique blend of academic training and outsider’s sensibility results in authentic, multilayered insights into the human condition.

Taylor’s exhibition title constructs a humorous duality, at once warmly referring to his mother, sister, and female friends, while also alluding slyly to the iconic Roy Lichtenstein print, Grrrrrrrr!, featuring an aggressive, growling dog.