Kinescope.Gallery, in collaboration with Fillmore Projects, is pleased to present Rosemary Taylor’s first solo exhibition. Best Behavior, opening Friday, September 27th from 6-8pm.

 

Rosemary Taylor carves out a space for her abstract storytelling and diverse array of materials in this group of built-up, worked on, paintings. Old fishnet stockings, burlap, tarlatan and painting rags find themselves amid fragmentary body parts and heavy-handed marks of oil, acrylic and spray paint, glitter and ink. In Best Behavior (2019), Taylor deconstructs notions of what is feminine. There are mouths with toothy smiles and juicy red lips enclosed by bits of text with suggestions on how a woman “should” comport herself in public. Taylor is inviting us to look, but she dictates the path. Her surface becomes the skin, but the message is clear, look but don’t touch.

 

Taylor’s visual vocabulary embraces free use of color. Pink is used as motif. Historically associated with the gentle, submissive and the ladylike, these tender qualities are degraded in Taylor’s hand. Her aggressive and bold brushwork of slick, wet, dripping paint images portraying varied mouths and genitals renders our precious pink as full and grotesque.

 

By abstracting and disconnecting her female forms, Taylor gives us her distinctly different view of the feminine experience. A thin line exists between the attractive and unattractive in her use of pinks and flesh tones of abstracted parts of the female form. By circumnavigating the artifice of established ideas of beauty and femininity, Taylor bridges her experience with strong marks and a renewed feminist sensibility.

 

Born in Boston in 1981, Rosemary Taylor is a painter living and working in NYC. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College and her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art. Rosemary was awarded the Joan Mitchell MFA Award in 2007 and was a 2017 Bronx Artist in the Marketplace Fellow. She has exhibited extensively, including at: The Bronx Museum of the Arts, CUE Art Foundation, Smack Mellon, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, and WonderRoot Gallery. She has lectured at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture, as well as at Brooklyn College, Tufts University, and the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.

 

This exhibition is viewable from the sidewalk daily, or by appointment, from September 27th to Nov 17th, 2019.

 

Best Behavior has been curated by Fillmore Projects for Kinescope.Gallery. For press inquiries and appointments please contact info@fillmoreprojects.com.