Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie TaylorArtist’s Statement

I work with many materials, but the crux of my work is the medium of language as a sonic phenomenon. I make performances, physical sculptures, photographs and other objects, in many media, using the sonic property of rhyme to decide on both medium and word choice. My visual art objects rhyme with the materials with which they are made. For example, Bass (2002) is cast in brass. Sea and Coast (2004) is a photo landscape made with tea and toast. My goal in each instance is to create strange objects that will involve the viewer in an unfolding of a fictional narrative that the objects both tell and document. Working with a rhyme-based process has allowed me to develop an elastic method of storytelling, in which the traditional order of narrative is both acknowledged and upended by self-imposed restraints. Mistaken comprehension functions as a crux of meaning within my work – the pieces in an exhibition and the words in a performance form a web of potential meanings (and falsities). People do not often go into a gallery asking themselves what rhymes with the materials they see. The absurdity of using sound to make visual art appeals to my sense of mischief. By using rhyme to create narrative visual installations and performances, I aim to confront and exploit assumptions about how individuals understand, or think they understand, art through various narratives about art.



Selected Solo Exhibitions

The Stephanie Taylor Songbook Returns, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, Sept.

Samoa, Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), Mar. 9 – Apr. 27.
Piston Toggle, Galerie Nagel Draxler at Dumont Carré, Cologne, Sept. 6 – Oct 15.

Pork Shank Stew, Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York, Oct. 16 – Dec. 6.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Ficticious Language, Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK), video screening, Vienna, Oct. 3.

Bend a Bow, Mackey Garage Top (MAK), Los Angeles, June 7 – Aug. 14.

A is for Zebra: LACMA: On Site at Charles White, Dec. 3 – Jan. 14.

Exile of the Imaginary, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Jan. 18 – Apr. 29.


The Stephanie Taylor Songbook Returns, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, Sept.

Mommy!, 5 Car Garage, May 9.

Samoa, with Les Figues Press, Printed Matter Book Fair, MOCA, Los Angeles, Feb. 5.

A Leash for Fritz and Kale for Stray Bunny, Motto, Berlin, Aug. 6.

Selected Bibliography
Stephanie Taylor, FRIEZE D/E, Noemi Smolik, Dec. 2013 – Feb. 2014, illus.
Stephanie Taylor, ARTFORUM, Travis Diehl, Mar. 2013, illus.
Tylevich, Katya, Bend a Bow, DOMUS, Aug. 21, 2012.
Holte, Michael Ned, Best of 2011, Artforum, Dec. 2011, illus.


M.F.A. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California

B.A. Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio