On June 24th, Michael K. Taylor will perform Patriot Acts, an audience participation performance combining monologue, poetry, and comedy. Topics include: lesser-known histories, current American social issues, Ride-Sharing, and personal family narratives of travel and migration. Previous audiences have been asked to interpret the national anthem, improvise narratives, and have been provoked to answer questions about being human in a world of segregation. (Taylor may also attempt to tell the future... )
For Immediate Release:
Michael K. Taylor: ARCHIVE OF TRUTH
June 10 — July 7, 2017
Opening Reception June 10 7-11pm — with scheduled performances June 10, June 24, and July 7, 2017
“The way that people feel changes everything. Feelings are forces. They cause us to time travel. And to leave ourselves, to leave our bodies. I would be that kind of psychologist who says, 'You're absolutely right — there are monsters under the bed.' “
Pilot Projects is pleased to announce Archive of Truth, a solo show of new work by Philadelphia based artist Michael K. Taylor. Often performative, literary, and ephemeral, Taylor’s work interrogates expectations of Black presence and the expectations of a Black artist working in White-majority institutions. In past performances this has included confrontational readings of historical documents, deconstructing through spectacle, adding rhythm and repetition in an attempt to decolonize academic texts. As a visual artist, poet, performer and educator, Taylor places emphasis on interactions within communities, relationships with people, and most recently his newborn son.
For this exhibition, Taylor will present an installation that will be built, dismantled, fragmented and evolved throughout the month of June and intended to be viewed in relation to these changing states. This may include a reading group, baby shower, and performances throughout the month. In an attempt to “defragment myself, like a hard drive,” Taylor’s work, both specific to personal experiences of life changing events, at once traumatic and joyous, serves as meditation on consciousness and awareness, the human experience of time and the possibilities of time-travel.
Michael K Taylor is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working in Philadelphia. His primary works incorporate sculpture, painting and performance. His artistic practice is founded in researching and experiencing communities, environments, and social theories as primary influences for narrative based works that re-articulate site specific history into speculative fiction or futuristic narratives. Taylor was born in Metairie (New Orleans), Louisiana and educated in Houston, Texas. He has performed, exhibited and curated locally and internationally, with exhibitions at venues including Project Row Houses, the Community Artists' Collective, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Recent performances include the Queens Museum, the New Museum, and Pilot Projects. He has attended residencies including Skowhegan School, Ox-bow School of Art, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the Go-Down Art Center in Nairobi, Kenya, and is also an advisory editor for Callaloo Art.