Taylor utilizes a rhyme based process to generate an elastic method of storytelling in which the traditional order of narrative elements is both acknowledged and upended. Working with a conceptual model of “logical thinking” which is twisted into absurd narratives that are not, in the least, logical, each song, technically, tells a story, yet the stories are abstract, and barely sensical. The songs are derived from the stories using a 5 note system based on dominant vowel sounds present in the sentences.
This performance accompanies the publication of Taylor’s second book,The Stephanie Taylor Songbook: songs 2002-2007 by Ood Press, Rio.
Stephanie Taylor is a sound artist who creates environments using rhyme to generate sculptures, songs and photographs. She writes melodies using found texts and she creates installations in which each object rhymes with the material with which it is made. Taylor has exhibited and performed her work internationally and is represented by Gallery Christian Nagel, Berlin-Antwerp and Marc Jancou Contemporary, New York. Her books include The Stephanie Taylor Songbook, Ood Press, Rio, 2010 and Chop Shop, Les Figues Press, 2007. Upcoming events include LACMA: Offsite at Charles White, and Home; Revisited, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (CAF). Her exhibitions have been reviewed in Frieze, ARTEXT, ARTUS, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art, Artforum, Modern Painters, and X-tra.