Neil Taylor, Cat, 2003, assembled found materials, 41 x 31 x 17 cm
Neil Taylor has installed a whimsical and engaging selection of complex wire sculptures at Niagara Galleries. Large twisting and contorted matrices sit on the walls and floor of the gallery, while other pieces challenge our perceptions of space and volume.
In an interview for World Sculpture News, Taylor explains that "(his) interest now is in the sense of volume, the sense of mass, looking into, rather than looking at, the outside. … My most recent work is becoming increasingly mathematical as well. … There is a different part of the brain used working with sculpture."
It has been three years since Taylor's last exhibition at the gallery, this due in part to the fact that he has been consulting with McGauran Giannini Soon architects on new buildings at Docklands. Taylor designed the mesh screens that feature on the recently opened Icon Restaurants at New Quay. Art and architecture blended to enhance form and function.
The well known Melbourne artist, has produced a body of sculpture that reflects his intrigue with the mystery of form, space, energy and matter. Neil's recently completed commission for Heide Museum and Art Gallery is a massive structure of welded steel bars though which views of the surrounding gardens are reformed within the spaces created within the matrix..
- Born 1945 Melbourne, Australia.
- Taught Visual Communication, Graphics and Animation and Film at Deakin University for over ten years, until 1995.
- Received Arts Victoria funding to create Theoretical matter, a specially commissioned work for Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
- Working with architects on integrated art projects at Docklands, Melbourne.
- Has exhibited in Korea, France and Singapore.
- Works held in major public and private collections including National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Melbourne; ANZ Bank, Melbourne and Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth.