My practice explores what was, what is, and what can be-come; of past fact, the present moment, and fabulated futures of imagined possibilities. All the works use storytelling to take us elsewhere; to an actual place and time, or an imagined other. They take the viewer on a journey, share knowledge, pose questions, and explore landscapes.
My practice predominantly takes two forms; installations of soundscapes with open narratives, that include organic materials and sculpture that change. And walking tours and associated podcasts.
These forms I describe as event sculpture. Images, sound and objects change at different paces representing the cyclical, momentary and vast amounts of time in which we inhabit. Using archival and recorded footage, the works trace the progress of ideas and discoveries. Works seek to pick out and bind disparate ideas together to represent the interconnections between all things, our passage along this continuum, the creation of history, and the making of place. The works aim to pose questions without answer; the real truth is ambiguous.
The walking tours and podcasts explore spaces; one place is never one time but many and I look to identify these layers. Presenting the layers that make a place; the social, political, material, architectural, historic, entropic and the natural. As with all the works; the aim; to reconnect us to our surroundings; to heal what Timothy Morton describes as the Severing; the break between reality (the human correlated world) and the real (ecological symbiosis of human and non human parts of the biosphere).
In all the works sounds play simultaneously from two places, this presentation of spaces in different times I describe as double space. The listener finds themselves in the gap in-between. This gap seems to be a fertile place, it leaves the audience to ‘see’ through imagination, in this new middle space. I explore how the future is written in this imagined place.
Christopher Taylor (b.1984, Taunton) lives and works in London. He received his MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2018, and his BA in Fine Art from Falmouth College of Art in 2007.
Recent exhibitions include; CGP 34th Annual Open, CGP Gallery, London, 2018. Making Peace, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, 2018. The Sonorous Expedition, Resonance FM and Maxilla Space, London, 2018. Show 2018, Royal College of Art, London, 2018. Too Much Information, Seventeen Gallery, London, 2018. Critical Cartographies, Filet Gallery, London, 2018.
Taylor has recently been Artist in resident at the National Memorial Arboretum, was a Durham Wharf Residency Winner in 2017, and was awarded the Gilbert Bayes Scholarship in 2017.
Taylor has been published in the book; The Wanderers which featured his performance lecture; Does Fate Change for the Still? (ISBN 978-0-9934038-0-4). He has self-published a number of booklets including; Walking in the Present; Through the Layers of London, 2018. He ran the Walkative Society between 2017 and 2018, and he has co-curated a series of exhibitions entitled Seasons with Ana Carolina Rodrigues and Krister Klassman.
Upcoming projects will see Taylor resident at the Scottish Sculpture Workshops Winter Residency in February 2019.
CGP 34th Annual Open - CGP Gallery, London, 2018
Making Peace - National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, 2018-19
The Sonorous Expedition - Resonance FM and Maxilla Space, 2018
Show 2018 - Royal College of Art, London 2018
Too Much Information - Seventeen Gallery, London, 2018
Critical Cartographies - Filet Gallery, London, 2018
Sake - Muddy Yard, London, 2017
WIP Show - Royal College of Art, London, 2017
Borders_ Borders - RCA /ECA Exchange. Part One; London, 2016. Part two; Edinburgh, 2017
The Wanderers, Does Fate Change for the Still - Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, 2015
Proposed Additions - OVADA Warehouse, Oxford, UK, 2013
Blessing Force 4 - Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2012
The Winters Wayzgoose - Copped Hall, Essex, 2010.
Seasons, Maxilla Space, London, 2017
The Walkative Society, 2017 - 2018, London.
Winter Residency, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, February 2019
Artist in Residence, National Memorial Arboretum, 2018
Durham Wharf Residency Winner, 2017
Gilbert Bayes Trust Scholarship Award, 2017
MA in Fine Art Sculpture, Royal College of Art, 2016 - 2018
BA(HONS) Degree in Fine Art, University College Falmouth, 2004 - 2007
Foundation diploma in Art, Media and Design, UWE, 2003 - 2004