Lot 145: Brian Taylor

Christina’s New World
Photographically illustrated handmade book
16 x 20 inches
Edition AP of 7
Signed verso ink Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Brian Taylor, a native of Tucson, Arizona, received a BA in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, an MA from Stanford University and his MFA at the University of New Mexico. His artwork explores historic photographic processes. It’s been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. His work was included in Robert Hirsch’s 2014 Transformational Imagemaking exhibition at CEPA Gallery. Taylor is professor of art and art history at San Jose State University, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is also executive director of the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California.

My imagery is inspired by the surrealism and poetic moments of living in our fast-paced, modern world. I am interested in how 21st Century life presents implausible experiences in such regularity that we no longer differentiate between what is natural and what is colored with artificiality, humor, and irony. I create photographically illustrated books springing from my fascination with the book format and a love of texture. These books are hand-bound with marbleized paper and portray silver gelatin photographs printed traditionally in a darkroom—color variants are achieved by brushing sepia toner by hand onto selected areas of the print. I like the idea of making art that contains some imagery which can be sensed but not seen. The underlying pages contain photographs, snapshots, and work prints that “gave their lives” for the imagery visible in the open folio spread. These images lie hidden beneath the displayed open pages like history. I savor making art by hand; certain works of art created by a human touch can contain a resonance of that touch: a discernible aura. Each book is archivally hand-bound and printed in limited editions. Due to the texture and handwork, no two books can ever be exactly alike.

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