Tina Modotti’s Roses
Photo Illustrated Handmade Book
11 1/2 x 18 inches
BIO: Brian Taylor has exhibited extensively at various galleries and museums in the U.S. and abroad, including the Center for Photographic Art, the Photographer’s Gallery and the Nagase Photo Salon in Japan. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Polaroid. His work is featured in a multitude of permanent collections including the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona. He is currently a Professor of Art and Design at San Jose State University and the Coordinator of the Photography Program.
STATEMENT: I often find beauty in natural settings located near the noise and distractions of cities and towns. As a means of conveying the pressure that civilization exerts on the land, I create illustrated handmade books, each framed and open to a full spread which features a beautiful yet sometimes ominous scene of nature. The unseen, underlying pages contain photographs documenting the encroaching civilization that surrounds the natural scene of the open book: the reality of parking lots, trailheads, and buildings. I like the idea of making art that contains some imagery which can be sensed but not seen. The underlying illustrated pages lie hidden beneath the displayed imagery, like history.