LUXURIOUS DISASTER PAINTINGS
A 21st Century Tale of Love, Fame & Tragedy
Confronting death, war, wealth, opulence, capitalism, violence and history squarely in its grim face, Taylor Smith creates a loosely connected group of artworks which take as their subjects luxury designer brands, the human body, consumer products, iconic imagery, politics, classic Greek & Roman sculpture, prescription drugs and pixel-glitched computer data corruption.
Smith appropriates source material from social media, pop culture, art history, Wikileaks, the local shopping mall and hospital radiology files and uses silk screen, enamel, metal leaf, ink and transfer as a means to mechanically fix these images in stark contrast to the designer labels and company logos worshipped by consumers. These works are a critical take on the haves versus the have-nots. Smith fuses separate worlds together — the explosive and visual power of wealth, fashion and money juxtaposed against the grit of conflict, politics and power. The result? Art that takes collectors to new and sometimes deep and introspective places.
Smith contrasts the senseless tragedies of our time, ones that are expressed in politics, corruption, medical crisis and the failures and inequalities of the American dream with the status symbols and toys of the wealthy who are often ignorant of the pain and loss experienced by others and presents them as history painting, in the tradition of the grand statements by history’s most noted artists.