materials such as plywood, cardboard, and plastic with hand-drawn paper
cut outs, McKimens works somewhere between the second and third dimensions,
creating an unusual hybrid between drawing and sculpture. Culling from
personal experiences and everyday life, McKimens depicts an array of images
and scenarios which explore class consciousness without being overly didactic.
Subjects, rendered in a generic style, include a dripping hot dog topped
by a clumsy line of mustard on white bread (the "poor man's hotdog"),
a large-scale baloney sandwich, telephone and extension cords, and a detailed
domestic scene set in a broken-down shack. All are depicted with equal
parts humor and pathos.
In Day Old Bread, everything in the gallery, whether it be flat and affixed to the wall or three-dimensional and free-standing, exists in a rendered world that is not limited by the conventions of drawing. The shack, constructed out of chipboard, contains two dimensional drawings of a disheveled woman, a television, some flies, a spilled houseplant and a drippy air conditioner. The placement of the cut out drawings within the structure creates a unique immersive environment which is at once cartoon space and actual space.
Taylor McKimens was born in 1976 and grew up in Winterhaven, California, a small desert town on the borders of Mexico and Arizona. He currently lives and works in New York. His work has also been featured at New Image Art in Los Angeles and White Columns in New York.
-Elizabeth Burke and Abby Messitte
from “Day Old Bread” catalog from 2003 solo show at Clementine Gallery.