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'Grey' to feature new paintings by Rodney Taylor

A new series of monochromatic paintings by Rodney Taylor, a highly accomplished if somewhat undersung Buffalo artist whose technique is both tightly controlled and totally expressive, is on view through May 29 in Eleven Twenty Projects (1120 Main St.).

The exhibition, called “Rodney Taylor: Grey,” marks the first major showing of Taylor’s work since a 2014 survey exhibition in the University at Buffalo Art Gallery. In his review of that show, contributing writer Mark Lavatelli described Taylor’s nontraditional painting technique.

“Taylor paints with flashe (a vinyl-based matte-finish paint), clay, water and sometimes tempera. In many works, he applies it with his fingers, which generates crackled, fragile-looking strokes,” he wrote. “They look vulnerable, as if they might fall off at any moment.”

In his new body of work, according to a release from the gallery, Taylor “pushes the principles and advances the ideas seen in his earlier black and white pieces, which were pure abstraction. In these new paintings, Taylor’s form of abstraction incorporates landscapes, often invisible at first, resembling windows or grids into another realm: a dream state, including figures, memories, and symbols that are weaved into the background.”

Taylor’s exhibition is one of a spate planned through the fall and beyond in local art collector and dealer John Fatta’s expansive gallery in a former auto show room. Call 882-8100 or visit eleventwentyprojects.com for more information.

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