ADA Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by artist Taylor A. White, opened on May 3rd and will remain on view until June 1st, 2019.
Taylor White is having a laugh, and his latest show, Hillbilly Antimatter, offers an open-call invitation to join in on the fun. White’s multi-media, large-scale abstractions make visible his penchant for humor, chaos, and spontaneity. His images are perfectly, or precariously, perched on the line between completely serious and joyfully absurd. White is attracted to images that confuse; he aims to deliberately confound and surprise the viewer, while simultaneously fulfilling what he describes as his primary objective in art-making: to make something that he, personally, has not seen before. He intentionally skirts all conventions of narrative and communicates instead through a visual language that is at once a foreign tongue and a comfortingly familiar, if not nostalgic vernacular.
White, who refers to himself an as “eternal optimist,” makes a game out of art-making, challenging himself to paint in the dark or to create new works from leftover fragments of canvas salvaged from his studio floor. His work pulses with his distinctive impulsivity, the artist’s stream of consciousness splayed across the canvas. Strips and scraps of fabric- stitched together with unmistakeable skill while appearing to be haphazardly assembled- are joined by charcoal, acrylics, plastics, oil paints and googly eyes, among other diverse materials, to form images that are exceptionally novel and almost impossibly harmonious. White works in a principled manner of anti-structure that is slyly subverted, or otherwise amplified, by neatly doodled details and flashes of pure pigment; his paintings are deliberate and purposefully disagreeable while his process is kinetic and wild, which is to say that there is, in fact, both a method to his madness and a madness to his method. If White’s work reads at times like a private joke, it is one from which the viewer is never left out. Instead, Hillbilly Antimatter invites its audience inside the artist’s childhood freezer, “filled with popsicles and secret passageways.”
Already this Spring, White’s exhibitions Supper and Zap-Zap, Explosion Sound, Fish, have shown at Deli Grocery in Brooklyn and G Gallery in Seoul, respectively. In 2018, White held solo exhibitions at LC Gallery in Brussels, Galerie Kremers in Berlin, TWFINEART in Brisbane, and Marquee Projects in Bellport, NY, in addition to featuring in exhibitions at VIU Gallery in Brooklyn, Galerie Kremers, and the Korean International Art Fair. He participated in the Cycamore Artist Residency in Brooklyn in 2018 and the Espositivo 7B Residency in Madrid in 2017. He has received the Purchase Award and Emil R. Schnellock Award for Excellence in Painting from the University of Mary Washington, which also awarded him the J.B. Walford Scholarship in Architecture.