KPAPLAK DONKER - Morley Hill / Spalla Gap
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:00 Place: Galway Arts Centre
February 18 - March 22 2019
The work shown will be a combination of existing Morley Hill works (collage, paintings and kinetic wooden sculptures), a Morley Hill site specific installation and inaugural works from Spalla Gap. The Spalla Gap project is inspired by items found on the shoreline; a combination of natural and manmade objects whose forms have been shaped, weathered or altered by the actions of water, sand and marine life.
Nik Taylor (b. 1974) makes work under various pseudonyms and through the use of different media explores disparate but occasionally overlapping themes. These ongoing projects, which began 12 years ago, include: Cherrymead (investigations into a fictional pseudo-science of the mind, mixed media objects and installation); Alwyn Lamerton (the construction and habitation of precarious living spaces coupled with public interaction and aspects of performance); The 4-268 Archive (a 3000+ photographic record chronicling situations of interest and observed anomalies); Clinker Babbage (ritualistic improvised musical performances involving an ever-changing oversized band of varying ability, audience participation and a Svengali with one long arm); and the major focus of Taylor’s most recent work, Morley Hill (a sprawling exploration of structure and form through the use of wood, includes drawing, painting, collage and sound).
Described in Dazed and Confused magazine (UK) as work that ‘pushes the boundaries of structure and freedom’, the artist describes his practice as ‘obsessive systematic pottering’.
In 2013 Nik Taylor was invited to become an associate member of the Royal British society of Sculptors. His work has been shown in the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and Ireland. He was awarded creative work development bursary 2019 from Kerry County Council. He lives and works in County Kerry, Ireland.