Haunch of Venison, London exhibited the first UK exhibition of work by American artist Al Taylor in 2006, outlining the breadth and richness of his practice from late 1980s and 1990s.
The show included work reflecting the artist’s extraordinarily diverse body of work, including sculptures in steel, wood, wire, and found materials, as well as drawings in mixed media.
Taylor sees drawing and sculpture as two aspects of a single process, a form of speculative investigation into his surroundings.
His work proposes an entirely individual take on the visual and spatial properties of the world around him; from the urine stains left by dogs on the pavement, to wave theory, the possibilities of x-ray vision, and the creation of ‘sighting devices’ using tin cans and bottle rings.
The artist’s work is typified by an engaging wit, a love of language, curiosity and a searching intellect. It represents a form of questioning, asking, what if?
Al Taylor was Robert Rauschenberg’s studio assistant 1975-82 and while he exhibited widely in his lifetime he has become known as an ‘artist’s artist’ who knew and was admired by, a diverse group including Rauschenberg, Brice Marden, James Rosenquist and Cy Twombly.