A / LOW / HA: The Hawaiian Works
An art handling gig brought Al Taylor to Hawaii. It was 1987, and the nearly 40-year-old artist had opened his first-ever solo show in New York the year prior—and he'd have two more under his belt by the end of 1988. Perhaps the paradisiacal atmosphere compounded the excitement of his long-awaited career break—in any case, Taylor became enamored with the state.
On view at David Zwirner, "A / LOW / HA: The Hawaiian Works" explores the lingering influence of the Pacific archipelago on Taylor's drawings, prints, and sculptural works throughout the 1990s. After he tragically succumbed to cancer in 1999, the theme of Hawaii ultimately emerged as a defining aspect of his legacy.
Al Taylor, Floaters (Pill Heads), 1998. Foamed plastic fishing net floats, acrylic paint, bamboo garden stakes, acrylic mica mortar, and pencil on Formica laminate with wood base mounted on a plastic milk crate, 28 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 31 inches.