Garland Martin Taylor
Mellon Fellow Garland Martin Taylor is a Chicago based sculptor and researcher with a MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute. He is a direct metal formalist who welds and shapes various metals. Taylor also works with materials such as bald cypress twigs, kinky hair, baseball stitching, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, cut tacks, wood, and stone into large-scale abstract, functional, and socio-politically charged heirlooms inspired by his research and scholarship on 19th century black political cartoons. Since 2012 Garland has devoted half of his professional practice to studying the life and art of H. J. Lewis. He recently contributed the essay Out of Jest: The Art of Henry Jackson Lewis to “Comics & Media: A Special Issue of Critical Inquiry.” And in late 2014 Garland was awarded a Curtis Sykes Memorial Grant for Arkansas History from the Arkansas History Commission. Most recently Taylor was a core collaborator in a Mellon Fellowship at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago where he co- taught the course “The Art and Politics of Black Death” with political scientist Cathy J. Cohen, and documentary filmmaker Orlando Bagwell.