25.10.13 7.30pm - 9.30pm
an exhibition of new works by Richard Taylor
Preview Friday 25th October 2013 | 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 26th October 2013 | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 27th October 2013 | 2pm – 4pm
Saturday 2nd November 2013 | 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 3rd November 2013 | 2pm – 4pm
noun (plural epigones or epigoni /ɪˈpɪgənʌɪ, ɛ-/)
a less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher
Oxford English Dictionary
Through drawing, sculpture, film and 35mm projection this exhibition looks to explore the role of the epigone (an impersonator or apprentice) as each new piece is realised. Four drawings made at the beginning of the project act as proposals for four artworks. The drawings enclose the signature of the artist, offering a framework for how to follow suit. But the corresponding artworks are less defined in terms of their authorship.
As the apprentice would dutifully impersonate what is taught he becomes the epigone in failing to arrive at perfection. By accepting this misfortune the work looks closer at how, after an idea reveals itself, its journey as a concept is one where many a hand can authorise fuller definition. This frames the production of the work within a wider discussion of what constitutes art making. Whether it is a craft honed in solitude, a process involving more than one person, an experience intimately shared between two people, or a setup entirely reliant on environment.
Taylor’s recent work has looked at how the artist’s role in making becomes a morphing between personas, where new characters are formed in order to take control over the absurd completion or destruction of objects. The concept of epigone also looks at how the artist can be himself in creating an idea, as well as the assistant who sees it through to an end – however badly or successfully.
Taylor (b. Sheffield 1985) lives and works in Edinburgh. Recent projects include Gnommero Visibility, CCA, Glasgow; ABRACADABRA with Mairi Lafferty, Glasgow Project Room; Mexico and Embassy Residency Exchange 2013, with solo show at Mexico, Leeds; GO-GO 301 residency, AWA Gallery, Amsterdam; The Mutual Charter, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012.