TAYLOR MCKIMENS

Taylor McKimens (b.1976, Seattle, WA) was raised in Winterhaven, CA, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His paintings and installations blur the line between drawing and sculpture, taking a graphic sensibility and expanding it into clever and subtle environments. Deadbeats and derelicts roam sparse, harshly-lit worlds of soggy bread and Band-Aids, bologna and knotted garden hose. The palette is a dulled fixins’s bar of mustardy yellows, graying tomatoes, and limpid greens—pastels have never looked quite so sinister. McKimens has this predilection for the entropic—splatters, drips, tangles, messes and decay, rust and ruin—exploring all the corners where disorder begins to reclaim our fabricated environment and our bodies. No one is smiling and everyone is somehow sweaty. Strong comic book influences and a childhood in a small desert border town in California lend an edge to the tragico-comic energy of his pieces, and moments of elegant painterliness can invest even his ugliest image with a complex beauty.

His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France, Galleri Loyal, Malmo, Sweden, and Deitch Projects, New York, NY. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions around the world at the Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy, Max Wigram, London, England, Zieher Smith, Jack Hanley, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY, among others. His work has been discussed in Modern Painters, The New York Times, and ArtNews.

 

TAYLOR MCKIMENS

b. 1976, Seattle, WA, and raised in Winterhaven, CA

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

 

Education

1999 BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

 

Solo Exhibitions 

2016

Swapping Paint, Dio Horia, Hora Mykonos, Greece

 

2015

Stoic Youth, The Hole, New York, NY

 

2013

Taylor McKimens, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy

 

2011

When Things Get Back To Normal, Galerie Zurcher, Paris, France

Galleri Loyal, Malmo, Sweden

 

2008

Soft Serve, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Sweet Dreams of Phoenix, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden

 

2006

The Drips, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY

 

2005

This is the Life, Perugi Arte Contemporeana, Padova, Italy

Art Rock, Ten Contemporary Artists Exhibit Solo Projects, Rockefeller Center, New York, NY

 

2004

What’s new: Drip and Splat, The Bakery, Annet Gelink, Amsterdam, Holland

 

2003

Day Old Bread, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY

 

2001

Solo Show, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Only Lovers, Curated by Timothy Chaillou, Le Coeur, Paris

 

2015

I Love Art 13: 100 artists from the Wateri-Um Collection, Watari Musuem of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

 

2014

If You’re Accidentally Not Included, Don’t Worry About It, Curated by Peter Saul, Galerie Zurcher, New York, NY

Ducks, Curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, New York, NY

Jeunes createurs a New York, Musee d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne Dadarhea, OHWOW Miami, FL

 

2013

Draw Gym, Organized by Brian Belott, 247365, Brooklyn, NY

Chicken or Beef: Transcontinental Survey Of Figurative Painting, The Hole, New York, NY

 

2012

Zagga Zow, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto

Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY

Portrait of a Generation, The Hole, New York, NY

 

2011

Spaghetti And Beachballs, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy

New York Minute, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow

Facemaker, Royal/ T Art Space, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Kathy Grayson)

 

2010

M u t a n t P o p, Galleri Loyal, Malmo, Sweden (curated by Dearraindrop)

Not Quite Open For Business, The Hole, New York, NY (curated by Kathy Grayson)

Inside/Outside, Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, Portugal

Funny, not funny, Michigan School of Art and Design, Detroit, MI (curated by Ryan Standfest)

 

2009

Relics from Other Realms, The Barat Foundation, Newark, NY (curated by Athena Barat)

Wild Feature 2, Gallery Zürcher, Paris, France (curated by Brian Belott)

New York Minute, Macro Future Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy

Wild Feature, Galerie Zurcher, New York, NY (curated by Brian Belott)

Strips, Scripts and Scapes: Contemporary Comix in So. California, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

 

2008

Mail Order Monsters, Max Wigram, London, England (curated by Kathy Grayson)

Mail Order Monsters, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece (curated by Kathy Grayson)

Soft Serve, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

 

2007

Tiger in a Tropical Storm, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Chloe Derderian at Riviera)

Mail Order Monsters, Deitch Projects, New York, NY (curated by Kathy Grayson)

Macy’s-Art Under Glass, Macy’s, Herald Square, New York, NY (curated by Gabrielle Bryers)

Mail Order Monsters, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (curated by Kathy Grayson)

Automatic, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Chris Churchill)

4 Large Works, w/ Ben Jones, Matt Leines & Robert Pimple, Community Outreach, London, Ontario, Canada

Look behind you, Giant Robot NY, New York, NY

These Bagels Are Gnarly, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Rich Jacobs)

 

2006

Boro-Boro Doro-Doro, with Misaki Kawai, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Collage Party, Zieher Smith, New York, NY

Alumni Show, Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

 

2005

Tiger Drip, with Misaki Kawai, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden

Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Off the Wall, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Tracy L Adler)

Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 MOMA, New York, NY

Move 13, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Rich Jacobs)

Loyal and His Band, Hand Painted covers, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

 

2004

Trunk of Humours, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Move Eleven, curated by Rich Jacobs, 96 Gillespie, London, England

Group Show, Transformer Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Majority Whip, White Box, New York, NY

Happy Medium, curated by Meghan Dailey, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY

The Hunt for Your Family, V-1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Hunt for Your Family, curated by Loyal, Odd Number, Stockholm, Sweden

& Odd Number, Stockholm, Sweden

2003

Family Circus, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY

Lead Poisoning, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Rich Jacobs & Marsea Goldberg)

Funny Cry Happy, with Misaki Kawai, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Crazy Bastard, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Marsea Goldberg)

Sweet Tooth, Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston, TX (curated by Daniel Fergus)

Were You Alright Yesterday?, White Columns, NY (curated by Monya Rowe)

Art Band, Capitale, New York, NY (curated by Kenny Schacter)

 

2002

Big Mind, Transformer, Washington D.C. (curated by Jayme McLellan and Victoria Ries)

Broken Wrist Project, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Kevin Christy and James Hughes)

Dime Bag, New Image Art, LA, CA & The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Jordin Isip & Rodger Stevens)

Panorama, San Francisco, & The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Jordin Isip & Rodger Stevens)

Tenfold, The Project, New York, NY (curated by Alethia Weingarten)

 

2001

The Exquisite Day Project, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Jordin Isip & Rodger Stevens)

Hello Schoolgirls, curated by Monya Rowe, Fishtank Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Mile High Move, Chance Operations, Denver, CO (curated by Rich Jacobs)

Paintaholics, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Marsea Goldberg)

The Portrait Show, New Image Art,Loa Angeles, CA (curated by Marsea Goldberg)

 

2000

Move East, One Pixel, Philadelphia, PA (curated by Rich Jacobs)

Poster Renaissance, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Marsea Goldberg)

Move Five, Text, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Rich Jacobs)

Move Four, P.S.122, New York, NY (curated by Rich Jacobs)

 

Selected Publications and Press

2015

Stoic Youth, book to accompany exhibition, published by The Hole

“Painting Faces With Taylor Mckimens”, by Cecilia Salama, Opening Ceremony, New York, NY

 

2010

Mutant Pop, organized by Dearraindrop, published by Loyal Papercraft

Design and art with Paper, published by Gestalten

Not Quite Open for Business

New York Minute, book to accompany exhibition (curated by Kathy Grayson and Jeffrey Deitch)

 

2008

Mail Order Monsters, book to accompany exhibition published by Deitch Projects Loyal Magazine #10 (curated by Kathy Grayson)

 

2007

The Ganzfeld 7, Edited by Dan Nadel, published by Picturebox Inc.

Revisionaries, “A Decade Of Art In Tokion”

 

2005

Loyal and His Band, book of international artists, published by Loyal

Live Through This, Book of New York art, organized by Kathy Grayson and Jeffrey Deitct

2004

Hidden Track – How Visual Culture Is Going Places, published by Gestalten