JACK TAYLOR Cartoon Explanation

Opening October 25, 2019

Until October 28, 2019

Jack Taylor is a British illustrator and graphic artist. His work is inspired by the visual language of Comics and how layout design can be distorted to aid communicating his ideas in unique visual ways. With an unconventional practice, Taylor aims to bend the rules of design by using illustrations to tell visual stories. His duel fascination with utility and narrative informs much of his creative output, and he draws on problem-solving to play a strong conceptual and aesthetic role in his work. It is with this approach that he developed Cartoon Explanation, his first solo exhibition at Weserhalle.

In this new body of work, Taylor invites his audience to put his exaggerated world of construction, movement and interaction under the looking glass. With these sometimes unorthodox ideas of visual communication under scrutiny, he aims to achieve the possibility of new aesthetic outcomes in his continual exploration between text and visuals. In this exhibition, Taylor aims to create a storm of conceptual confusion, full of rule-breaking, convoluted metaphors, and obscure visual references in order to evoke several layers of meaning in his works. The title, Cartoon Explanation, refers to the exaggerated application of description and movement commonly found in comic book settings, which Taylor intends to invest into his own practice. It is with an uncommon creative vitality that Taylor takes it upon himself to continually re-evaluate his work, and this results in a personal visual language that is adaptable to new situations. The concept for this exhibition was realised with the help of the Make-Ready Printmaking Studio in London.

Jack Taylor currently lives and works in Berlin, where  he is also a visiting lecturer at the Design Akadamie Berlin. In the past he has worked with Bloomberg Busniessweek, The New York Tiimes, Die Zeit, Somerset House, It’s Nice That, Hato Press and Wired Magazine. In 2019, Taylor released his first book, Laying in the Long Grass, published by Colorama, and which was launched at the Printed Matter book fair in Los Angeles.