ANGUS TAYLOR - IMMANENCE | TRANSCENDENCE
Oct 9 – Nov 7, 2020
ANGUS TAYLOR IMMANENCE | TRANSCENDENCE
9 October - 7 November 2020
Everard Read London presents a solo exhibition by acclaimed South African sculptor, Angus Taylor.
Renowned for his powerful sculptural works, Taylor works with an extraordinary range of materials from his local environment - Belfast granite, green quartz, red jasper and the orange soil found near his studio in Pretoria.
In his ongoing exploration of the human condition and humanity’s capacity for struggle and resilience, Taylor has persistently interrogated the male form and frequently made self-portraits. Indeed, the relish with which the artist wrestles with tough and challenging materials is a vivid lesson in humanity’s ability to overcome adversity and to be profoundly shaped by the experience.
In this exhibition, Taylor turns his attention to the female form with an empathy that comes from really looking and really seeing. Here we find the artist’s signature rendering of homo sapiens, cast in bronze and then reimagined, indeed transformed by a profusion of stone, luxuriant in its hues and striations, from tiger’s eye to malachite, Belfast gabbro and heliotrope or “bloodstone”.
The sheer physicality of these new works inspires nothing less than awe, each figure balancing the tension between the apparent transcendence of the normal, physical world and a sense of the divine permeating the material world.