The Blanden Memorial Art Museum opens a new exhibition for young artist Taylor Laufersweiler on Saturday. An opening reception will be held today from 2-4:30 p.m., with an artist talk scheduled around 3 p.m. The reception is open to the public.
Taylor Laufersweiler is a Fort Dodge native and earned her BFA from the University of Iowa. He would later spend time at Yale Norfolk School of Art and earn his MFA from Hunter College in 2020. Laufersweiler currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The show is called “Out of place” and presents a collection of oil paintings by Laufersweiler. In a conversation with the artist, Laufersweiler said the show was the “the culmination of everything” when it comes to the ideas he works with. He began to use formal painting techniques and quickly branched out into dealing with ideas of space, perception and identity. Laufersweiler said he had always been drawn to art and began working with more traditional imagery. Later, he said his work began to take on a more abstract look. Regarding the material aspect of the work in the exhibition, Laufersweiler said he opted for oil paints, as opposed to acrylic paints, because of the way they work with light. Oil paint has higher luminosity than acrylic paint. Oil also takes longer to dry making it a more flexible material to work with and there will be no color change as the paint moves from palette to canvas.
Another aspect of oil paints is the ease with which an artist is able to mix different colors. Laufersweiler does this throughout pieces of the show to create images that work in liminal spaces, transitional liminal sense, and timing. In his artist statement for the exhibition, which can be found on Blanden’s website and at the gallery, Laufersweiler emphasizes spatial and abstract structural elements to create his own realm within the work. Laufersweiler also plays on the chaotic nature of his abstract imagery to force the viewer to reorient and alter their gaze on the work to fully immerse themselves in the paintings. The show is filled with works that feature striking and thought-provoking imagery. With these images and ideas, Laufersweiler presents an exciting collection in Blanden.
The show will now run until September 17 in the second floor gallery. The Blanden Memorial Art Museum, located at 920 3rd Ave. S., is open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.