New York

Henry Taylor

RENTAL Gallery

Henry Taylor’s touch is heavy. His acrylic buildups are sludgy, pasty, and crusty. Characters’ irises bleed into their sclerae, and canvases are flecked with sloppy stains of wayward drips. Landscapes are dense color fields: the milky blue of a daytime sky, the hard emerald of a pastoral field, the deadened gray of concrete. Taylor’s paintings communicate an overall feeling of laboriousness—of Faulknerian weight and burden. His figuration is cartoonish, a loose take on South Park’s illustrative style, although his characters couldn’t be more different from that show’s lightweight windbags. Taylor’s protagonists feel alternately melancholy, harried by inexplicable urban surrealism, or palpably threatened by their bleak surroundings.

At Rental, Taylor showed a suite of paintings (a few of which were precariously placed on a heap of beer cases, some of which were themselves painted) as one

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