Angus Taylor: Immanence
Everard Read London
Zone 5 - South Kensington
80 Fulham Rd, South Kensington, London SW3 6HR, UK
9 Oct - 7 Nov
Mon-Fri | 10am-6pm
Sat | 12-4pm
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 immediate environment - Belfast granite, 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 manifestation of humanity’s ability to overcome adversity and to be profoundly shaped by the experience.
The sheer power and magnetism of these new works establishes a tension between the apparent transcendence of the normal, physical world and a sense of the divine permeating the material world.
In this exhibition, Taylor turns his attention to the female form. Here we see the artist’s signature rendering of homo sapiens: figures cast in bronze and augmented, refashioned, and reimagined with a rich variety of stone, from tiger’s eye to green quartz, Belfast granite and bloodstone. The heft and heterogeneity of the stone recalls the ancient rock found in the earth’s crust and contrasts potently with humanity’s impermanent and ethereal nature.