Went to see the Jeff Keen Retrospective this sunday. And was blown away, as I’d grown to learn about Keen through his experimental film GAZ WRX, but this show is filled with physical works of art such as drawings, collages, his series of RAYDAY comics, memorabillia, large paintings in a variety of mediums (lots of spray paint) and all the props for his fantasical films. The other side to the film really. And alot of the work is dated back to 1950’s which is remarkable as it is so forward thinking. Alot clearly influenced by his experiences in the War (ARTWAR) and the print at the time (sci fi/comics/pop) but the cut up methods of William S Burroughs. Massively inspirational.
‘Dia de los Muertos’ (Day of the Dead) Exhibiiton by Phil Taylor catalogue on line at:
Including ‘Urban Ghosts’ film to accompany the exhibition
‘Dia de los Muertos’ (Day of the Dead) - an Exhibition, Book Launch and Film Screening by Phil Taylor
PRIVATE VIEW FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 6-9PM
Exhibition dates: 3–18 November, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Venue: Friese-Greene Gallery, Brighton Media Centre, 15-17 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL
Brighton Photo Fringe · Brighton Photo Biennial · Brighton Media Centre 2012
The exhibition title refers to a cultural phenomenon that occurs throughout Mexico and the Southwest states of North America – the celebration of the deceased. It is also celebrated with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day. The state of Arizona has a large Mexican population and the Day of the Dead phenomenon is tightly woven into the rich cultural life of the state.
This recent body of work was created during a three-month period living in Arizona in 2011. The images in the work represent a personal visual interpretation of historical, social, political and cultural elements of the region. They form part of a journal of landscapes, people and the environment of towns and cities. The subjects depicted include the US/Mexican border, the high desert landscape, the Titan II ICBM Missile Silo, Native American Reservations, gun culture, the Barrio Viejo district in Tucson and the ‘Dia de los Muertos’ phenomenon.
‘During his three-month stay in Tucson, Arizona, Phil Taylor focused his intentions and his camera on the region’s environment, people, culture, and politics. From the arid Southwest landscape to the folk traditions of indigenous peoples, his images interpret a range of subjects that include desolate expanses and urban sprawl as well as issues surrounding the Second Amendment right to bear arms and Arizona’s close proximity to Mexico. Taylor is a visitor yet he senses what might make a good picture as if he has been photographing here for years, infusing both the mundane and the magical with an almost dreamlike quality that draws the viewer in. His understanding and use of light is a pivotal tool he exploits and experiments with to both expose details and transform seemingly arbitrary scenes with otherworldly presence. Chance and randomness seem to be everywhere, yet the whole is unified by Taylor’s vision and presentation of the work. Carefully considered selection, sequencing, and pairings of images create new visual contrasts and connections as narrative fragments are suggested, interrupted, and never fully realized, but deftly felt and experienced.’ Cass Fey, Curator of Education, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona, USA
‘Urban Ghosts’ (Fantasmas Urbanos) - 24min film by Phil Taylor based on his research and experience of living in Tucson, Arizona in 2011. Original soundtrack by Phil Taylor ©2012
‘Confluence, Fragments and Urban Ghosts’ (Confluencia, Fragmentos y Fantasmas Urbanos) - Original writings, drawings & photographs by Phil Taylor
Artists’ Book, 240p, full colour, printed on Cyclus recycled paper, concept by Phil Taylor, design by Angus Mackenzie, also featuring the work of US artists: Camp Bosworth · Daniel Martin Diaz · Jenea Sanchez · Michael Contreras · Paul Turounet
‘Phil Taylor’s latest body of work looks at Tucson, Arizona, through the lens of his camera, along the point of his pencil, tracking it into the blogosphere. The resulting investigation into the identity of this arid place explores classic frontier narratives as they have been told and retold. Taylor draws inspiration from Cormac McCarthy’s Western novel Blood Meridian (1985) that bites through the myth-making nostalgia of many frontier narratives. Moved by the evocative visual descriptions of the landscape that punctuate the book, Taylor was motivated to learn more about the real life events it features.
Towards the end of 2011 he spent three months in Tucson, a journey equally geographical, historical and creative. Blood Meridian informed where he went, six locations were identified and archival research connected each one with a history that Taylor draws out through his work. Through photography, drawing and writing Taylor has explored a complex sense of place that has, curiously, one foot in the past and one in the present. Contemporary events and sites in Tucson are investigated from Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), to gun shows, the railroad network, to the Aircraft Boneyard, from Native American reservations to signage and the Barrio (the free zone).
Taylor produces powerful tales of place where many have projected desolation and sadness; he illustrates abandonment, erosion and neglect alongside survival, imagination and presence. Through the juxtaposition of McCarthy’s text with Taylor’s imagery and archival findings we are encouraged to reflect upon how we construct our understanding of people and place and to rediscover the Wild in the West.’ Nicola Ashmore Visual Artist and Lecturer in the History of Art and Design
The work exhibited forms part of a larger body of work in development: ‘… or the Evening Redness in the West’, please see: www.hotelvitrine.tumblr.com for more information (blog)
Phil Taylor ©2012 | www.hotelvitrine.com | email@example.com
If you happen to be in London tonight.
Hop, Skip is a showcase of work from University of Brighton Graphic Design and Illustration students at Kingsland Road Studios, London.
Covering a plethora of media and processes including film, photography, typography, and collage: Hop, Skip will preceed our collective jump into the final year at Brighton University.
Thursday 4th October 2012
6pm - 9pm
Kingsland Road Studios
284 - 288 Kingsland Road
London E8 4DN
‘The most important man in cinema. Period.’
Jack Sargeant, Sleaze Nation
Jeff Keen’s unique and imaginative filmmaking has outlived the various scenes in which it thrived - the Sixties counter-culture, punk and beyond.
Making work of immediate power and raw intensity on a range of film stocks, this World War II veteran, self-taught artist and pioneer of radical British independent filmmaking continues to defy categorisation.”