Images from left to right: Chris Taylor. ‘Small Craft Advisory’ 2009; materials: dinghy, glassblowing furnace, Atlantic ocean, hot glass, video projection.
Chris Taylor was born in Tehran and lived in Buenos Aires, Madrid, Manila, Muscat, Mexico City, Brussels, Abidjan, and Tegucigalpa—all before he was 20. His work is a product of these experiences and is best characterized as an exercise in social practice—a critical way of working that engages wider audiences and situations outside of art institutions. He sees this practice as a method for the dissemination of ideas as well as a political statement.
From learning to blow glass upside down to reproducing a 16th century Venetian goblet (using a technique that was lost for over 500 years) and then planting it in a cabinet next to the original in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Taylor exploits the friction generated within a material and process that is a product of convention, tradition, and history.
Taylor has been awarded numerous awards, fellowships, and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation on the Arts, and Rhode Island School of Design.
He has been an artist in residence at the Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark; the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; Kitengela Glass, Nairobi, Kenya; Shandong University of Arts and Design, Ji’nan, Peoples Republic of China; Nagoya University of Art, Japan; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Taylor has exhibited his work at prominent nonprofit galleries, including ArtSpace, New Haven; Artists Space and Exit Art, New York; and Real Art Ways, Hartford.