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Steed Taylor
updated: 05/15/2010
website: www.steedtaylor.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Invasive (NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC)
Indigenous (Duke Univ/Nasher Museum, Durham, NC)
Dragon Blessings (2008 Chinese Biennial, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China)
Broken Chain (Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ)
Messenger (Riverside Park, New York, NY)
Messenger, detail
Hidden Circle (Newburgh, NY)
Hidden Circle, divided
Hidden Circle, layout of full circle
Hurricane Charm (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Hurrucane Charm, detail
Mentors Mark (CUNY-York College, Queens, NY)
Tribe (FSU Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL)
Artists Knot (HVCCA, Peekskill, NY)
Red Scare Knot, detail in 6 parts
 
Portfolio Keywords:  spiritual, architecture, collaborative, conceptual, identity, landscape, pattern, public
 
 
Invasive (NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC) by Steed Taylor
Invasive (NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC)
black high gloss latex, names of invasive flora growing on museum grounds & prayer by Reverend Tom Rhodes
2008
1500' " x  10' " 
Indigenous (Duke Univ/Nasher Museum, Durham, NC) by Steed Taylor
Indigenous (Duke Univ/Nasher Museum, Durham, NC)
high-gloss latex, names of native North Carolina flora currently in cultivation and prayer
October 2006
2400 " x  240 " 
Dragon Blessings (2008 Chinese Biennial, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China)   by Steed Taylor
Dragon Blessings (2008 Chinese Biennial, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China)
high-gloss latex, names of NYC 2008 Olympic athletes and prayer
2008
20'" x  165'" 
Broken Chain (Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ) by Steed Taylor
Broken Chain (Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ)
black high-gloss latex, statements by children & adults who survived domestic violence and prayer by Rev. Carol Lee Smith
2008
116'" x  22'" 
Messenger (Riverside Park, New York, NY) by Steed Taylor
Messenger (Riverside Park, New York, NY)
high-gloss latex, names of bicycle messengers in New York City and prayer
May, 2006
5100 " x  300 " 
Messenger, detail  by Steed Taylor
Messenger, detail
graphite and gesso on paper
2006
18" x  18" 
Hidden Circle (Newburgh, NY) by Steed Taylor
Hidden Circle (Newburgh, NY)
black high-gloss latex, names of Continental Army Officer planning to revoltand prayer
2006
1500 " x  192 " 
Hidden Circle, divided by Steed Taylor
Hidden Circle, divided
graphite and gesso on board
2006
24" x  24"  x 2" 
Hidden Circle, layout of full circle by Steed Taylor
Hidden Circle, layout of full circle
pencil and marker on paper on board
2006
48" x  46"  x 6" 
Hurricane Charm (New Smyrna Beach, FL) by Steed Taylor
Hurricane Charm (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
black high gloss latex, names of National Weather Service 2005 Atlantic storm names & prayer
2005
185' " x  44' " 
Hurrucane Charm, detail by Steed Taylor
Hurrucane Charm, detail
graphite and gesso on board
2006
24" x  24"  x 2" 
Mentors Mark (CUNY-York College, Queens, NY) by Steed Taylor
Mentors Mark (CUNY-York College, Queens, NY)
black high gloss latex, names of mentored students & prayer
2008
170'" x  20'" 
Tribe (FSU Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL) by Steed Taylor
Tribe (FSU Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL)
high-gloss latex, names of my friends and prayer
2006
1140 " x  144 " 
Artists Knot (HVCCA, Peekskill, NY) by Steed Taylor
Artists Knot (HVCCA, Peekskill, NY)
black high gloss latex, names of artists and curators in Peekskill Project & prayer
2004
180'" x  16'" 
Red Scare Knot, detail in 6 parts by Steed Taylor
Red Scare Knot, detail in 6 parts
graphite and gesso on board
2006
18" x  8"  x 2" 

Artist Statement

ROAD TATTOO?  

If roads are considered the skin of a community, then a road is to the public body what skin is to the private body.  If people mark their skin as a means of commemoration, communication or ritual; then a road can be marked for the same reasons.  I am interested in the intersection of memorials, ritual and public art.  I have been investigating how personal emotional significance can be placed on a public space and how this emotional resonance can be manifested in public artwork.  Road Tattoos are a result of this investigation.

Placed at locations of individual or community significance, Road Tattoos are composed of cultural designs previously appropriated to mark skin.  Once the design is drawn on the road, names or other specific information is painted within the design, a prayer is said and the design is painted in, covering over this information.  They are subtle, usually close in color to the roadway, but made with high-gloss latex causing them to appear and disappear with passing light.   Eventually traffic and weather conditions dissolve them into the road. 

Artist Bio / CV

BIOGRAPHY

Born in North Carolina and educated at the University of North Carolina, American University and the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, Steed Taylor's art practice includes public art projects as well as work for gallery settings.  His art has been shown around the country including the Bronx Museum, the Mint Museum, the San Bernardino County Museum, and the Neuberger Museum of Art's 2001 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art.  Besides extensive showings in the New York metropolitan area, his solo shows include The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, Florida and Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy.  Recent commissions for his public work include Duke University, Riverside Park in New York City, Florida State University, Columbus College of Art & Design and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Recent lectures include the University of North Carolina  in Charlotte and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.  His art has been discussed in publications as varied as Art In America to Vibe Magazine.