Laguna Beach Exhibits: photographer Maggie Taylor at JoAnne Artman Gallery. No Ordinary Days. November 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013
No Ordinary Days: everything you never imagined! JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition with digital image artist and photographer Maggie Taylor. As a fan of Maggie’s work for many years, it is so wonderful seeing her work on my gallery walls. What can you say about Maggie that has not already been said; she is an accomplished and award winning artist whose mind’s eye is unique and thought provoking! Her imagery contains a dreamlike quality filled with the mysterious and fantastical. Within Maggie’s worlds, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary.
In addition we will be partnering with Laguna Beach Books: Maggie Taylor will be signing a limited number of her recently published book “No Ordinary Days.”
Maggie Taylor (born 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio) received her BA degree in philosophy from Yale University in 1983 and her MFA degree in photography from the University of Florida in 1987. After more than ten years as a still-life photographer, she began to use the computer to create her images in 1996. Maggie’s images have been exhibited in one-person exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad and are in numerous public and private collections including The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and The Museum of Photography, Seoul, Korea. In 1996 and 2001 she received State of Florida Individual Artist’s Fellowships. In 2004 she won the Santa Fe Center for Photography’s Project Competition. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.
Taylor has successfully developed and pursued her artistic vision all the same, using flatbed scanners and Adobe Photoshop software to create unique digital images that transport viewers to “dreamlike worlds inhabited by everyday objects.” A broken bottle; a bird egg; a battered doll. Taylor’s studio in Gainesville, Florida, contains flat-file drawers, walls, and shelves full of quirky 19th-century photographs, taxidermy specimens, mounted insects, vintage toys, sea shells, feathers, and other artifacts she finds at flea markets, online auctions, and in her own backyard. Maggie says she is compelled to make new images all the time. “Making images for me is a way of life. I can’t imagine not doing it . I guess in terms of what motivates me, the best answer would be, if I don’t make images I’m unhappy.”
Maggie Taylor’s work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize.
JoAnne Artman Gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach and is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 11-5, and by appointment. Visit the first Thursday from 6-9 pm of any month to coincide with the Laguna Beach Art Walk. Street parking is available directly in front of the Gallery as well as the Downtown Parking structure located at Glenneyre Street. Take a stroll through the galleries and studios. See art come alive in North Laguna!