Friday, April 02, 2004

The Official Press Release

For immediate release
Images available upon request

Janice Tayler

Gestures of Fragmental Shifting

An Exhibition at Zeke�s Gallery

Until April 25, 2004

Okey-dokey folks, we got Janice Tayler�s art on the walls here. There are 53 of tasty morsels on canvas, and you have an opportunity to see each and every last one of them until the 25th of April (just remember that while Art is a healthy part of every diet, eating them is not recommended). Why should you wanna come see them? Short Answer: �Cause they rock like nobody�s business. Slightly longer answer: Janice paints in a very animated and vigorous style. Her abstract paintings are explosions of large and small sprays of pinks, greens and browns. The browns and other more somber colors are naturally induced as she uses liberal quantities of dirt, bark, and other natural ephemera in her paintings both for texture and effect.

Her paintings aren�t anything like Jackson Pollack�s. But they in their own way approach a certain similarity with the output of Romare Bearden, Arthur Dove, and Helen Frankenthaler. If you are familiar with Sam Francis you�re getting very close and very very warm, or if you�ve recently seen an Edward Goodes painting without your glasses then you�re dead-on-balls-accurate. Now that I�ve gotten the historical allusions out of the way, I can foam at the mouth about the earthy nature of her output. Yes ma�am the earthiness is not an affectation, Ms. Tayler has a certain affinity with Mother Nature and it doesn�t stop with mere recycling and riding a bike. Her incorporation of things normally found in parks adds to the depth and profundity of her work.

In �Exploding Pink Balloon� (2003), a 36� x 36� painting, Ms. Tayler�s brilliant brush strokes of pink are propelled in and around the fine dirt circles like the jagged shards of rubber in a demolished balloon. The CO2 that would be escaping if in fact the interior pressure on the orb was higher then the external pressure is diaphanously represented though Ms. Tayler�s use of green and blue, the natural colors of the earth. So, while Ms. Tayler does wear Huaraches, and has been know to snack on granola, her lifestyle choices are fully represented in her work.

A very short bio (�cuz it�s the art that matters, silly):

Janice Tayler was born in Winnipeg in 1963, she currently lives and works in Montr�al. She has a BFA from Concordia University�s Fine Arts program as well as a BA from the University of Winnipeg in Dance and Theater.

Boilerplate text about Zeke�s Gallery:

Zeke�s Gallery, a non-profit commercial art gallery (or a �perpendicular� gallery) only exhibits First Solo Shows. It has been voted best gallery in Montr�al at www.montrealplus.ca. and by the readers of the Montr�al Mirror for the past two years Janice Tayler�s exhibition is the 43rd in an ongoing series that has been generously aided by the support of Unibroue, ViaRail, and the Montr�al Expos. �Gestures of Fragmental Shifting� continues at Zeke's Gallery (3955 Saint Laurent, 514-288-2233) until April 25th, 2004. The gallery is open pretty much from 10 am until 8 pm seven days a week (unless of course Zeke is at the ballgame) and by rendezvous. If you�re in the neighborhood, you�re always welcome to stop by.

For more information, please contact Chris Hand, (514) 288-2233 / info@zeke.com


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