Press Release for Solo Exhibition at the Coachella Valley Art Center.

James Jared Taylor | April 14, 2023

For Immediate Release 

“Improvisations, Reconstructions, and Relative Actions: a Decade”

Sculptures, Paintings, and an Installation by James Jared Taylor 

October 1 through 27, 2022

Opening Reception:  October 1, 2022

The Coachella Valley Art Center 

45140 Towne Street

Indio, California 92201

Gallery Hours: 9:00 to 1:00 Monday – Saturday

Contact: Bill Schinsky- CVAC Director

“Improvisations, Reconstructions, and Relative Actions: a Decade” is an exhibition of sculptures, paintings, and an installation by the artist James Jared Taylor.  The work covers a ten year period culminating with a series of sculptures that were started during the Covid shutdown in March 2020.  Included in the exhibition are paintings and sculptures created in summer of 2022 at the ACI Artists Residency in Corciano, Italy.  The artist will also install 100 small study paintings from an ongoing series titled “Improvisatory Notations” that were started in 2012.  The artwork covers a range of media: wood, acrylic painting, and fabricated steel.  

The artworks on exhibition are personal investigations into formalist abstraction and constructivism that depart from other work Taylor has created and exhibited. He derives some of his ideas for the work in this exhibition from observations of architecture, city plans, maps, flags, modernist movements such as Neo Concretism (Lygia Pape, Wyllis de Castro, and Lygia Clark), Russian Constructivism (El Lissitzky, the Stenberg brothers), the De Stijl (Piet Mondrian, Gerrit Reitveld) and the axial perspective and spatial constructions of Giotto.  Taylor’s process is about improvisation (jazz being a strong influence) and the constant impulse to create in two and three-dimensional space. 

James Jared Taylor is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.  He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.  He attended the New York Studio School as a mobility student.  He was an art educator for 32 years in California- teaching at California State University- San Bernardino, the College of the Desert, Temecula Valley Unified School District, and Palm Springs Unified School District.  He has served on various art education and public art committees at the national, state, and local level.  He retired from teaching in 2020.  He has had 15 solo exhibitions, over 100 group exhibitions and is in public, private, and corporate collections in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.  Taylor is also an experienced metal worker having worked in various foundries and fabrication studios including his own- Common Ground Ironworks.  Taylor and his wife live in Desert Hot Springs, California where he also has his studio.  He also plays guitar in various jazz ensembles.  

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