Taylor McKimens - Paper Sculpture

The "Sorry" truck paper sculpture by Taylor McKimens messed with my eyes and my brain. Looking at the photo it seems like a cartoon that has been drawn into a photograph. Waking life kinda thing. It also had some kind of familiarity. I realized that Keith Jones had done a similar installation in the past. Below is a picture of an installation done by Keith in 2004 call Nobody Land. It's cool to see the comparison between the two artists styles. I think a car/art show would be awesome! Have it out in a field somewhere, BBQ's, get your photo taken with cars and all the other stuff you do at car shows....

"Sorry Truck" ©Taylor Mckimens

"Sorry Truck" ©Taylor Mckimens

" Taylor McKimens combines hand-drawn paper cutouts with various support materials to create drawings that exist in three-dimensional space. These hybrid sculptures depict objects from daily life and people engaged in common activities. McKimens is attracted to "everyday things that are loaded somehow" - not by indicating anything particularly symbolic, but by drawing attention to how meaningful everyday objects are in their own respect. A hotdog with a trail of mustard on a slice of Wonder Bread, an oozing packet of fast-food catsup, and a broken down truck on cinderblocks are all emblematic of American life. By recreating these items out of paper and relocating them from their natural habitat to the gallery, the artist makes it easier to acknowledge them as a part of a common narrative we share.

McKimens' works are more recognizable as icons than as naturalistically depicted renderings. His early inspiration was comic-book art, particularly the cartoons of Jim Davis who created Garfield; however he was interested in moving outside the limitations of the printed book. His paper sculptures stylistically share the look of cartoon art, but instead of being confined to a comic-book cell, McKimens' subjects exist in a world that provides an actual and figurative dimension. Far from amounting to sleek advertising images, these objects are shown in use or after being discarded oozing, dripping and dirty. There is something at once appealing and repulsive about them."

-Tracy L. Adler Curator "Off The Wall" at the Bertha and Karl Luebsdorf Art Gallery,Hunter College NYC, September - October 2005