Michael Kay Taylor, Optimus primAtive: Research Lab, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, 2014
Michael Kay Taylor was a Gelman Fellow at VCCA for eight weeks in early 2014. There he worked on a solo exhibition that took place at the Community Artists’ Collective, Houston, Texas in the spring of 2014. In this exhibit, he created a fictional auto-biographical exhibition using games, maps, found objects, sculpture and poetry. He began work on the Optimus primAtive as a way to deal with an injury that inhibited his ability to differentiate memories, experiences, and imagine possibilities.
Taylor is a multimedia visual artist, poet, and performer, who has awards from City of Houston’s Emerging and Established Artist Awardss and Tyler School of Art’s Future Faculty Fellowship. Other residcencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ox-Bow School of Art, Goldsmiths University of London, and GoDown Arts Center in Nairobi, Kenya. He has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, GoDown Art Center, and performed at The Queens Museum, the New Museum and TEDx NASA Conference.
Image: Michael K Taylor working at VCCA, courtesy of VCCA.
Image: Michael K Taylor, Optimus primAtive: Research Lab, multi-media piece