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Taylor will discuss his work at an opening reception in the gallery, located in the Bradley Fine Arts Building on the Lakeland campus. The reception is from 4:45-7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The exhibit of Taylor's work runs through Oct. 19. The Bradley Gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed on school holidays and vacations.
A veteran of numerous shows and the creator of numerous commissioned works, Taylor is also part of group shows this year at the Tucson Art Museum and the Luckystar Gallery in Milwaukee. Taylor earned his bachelor's degree in art history in 1977 and his master's in painting and drawing in 1991, both from UW-Milwaukee.
"My work is a distillation of life experiences, often seen through the influences of music and poetry," Taylor said. "I allow the cadences, rhythms and syncopations of the musical and the poetic to infuse my artwork. A piece of my sculpture may not necessarily be a reflection upon one specific poem or composition, but more likely embody the influence of one poet or composer or jazz musician's oeuvre."
Taylor said his painted steel wall sculptures are "meditations on places I have traveled to or in which I have lived. They are somewhere between painting and sculpture. Time plays a very essential part in these works as they are not so much about the details of the past as they are about the essence of the memories which remain.
"Their relatively small sizes reflect a less public, more intimate notion of viewing than my larger sculptures. The surfaces allude to a passage of time in their qualities of layering and disintegration, rust and abrasion. These are comments on our world and ourselves in this inevitable abrasion and disintegration we face in our existences."