My Feelings Like You

Inspired by escapism, packaging, banality and Pop-art, the work of American artist Gary Taxali is playful, pretty and poignant – and next month sees the opening of his debut UK solo show.

Float
Float

The exhibition, entitled My Feelings Like You, will showcase the trademark modern yet nostalgic works that takepop-art sensibilities and wrench them through very modern iconography.

Jail Time
Jail Time

‘Turning a mirror onto the viewer is amazing for some artists, but I’m more interested in a form of escapism that makes people feel, “there’s possibilities”’, says Taxali.

Luvah
Luvah

‘Despite the horrible depression and turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s there was a general feeling of hope and optimism – even though man had never been to the moon – and both are reflected in the imagery of the time. Even corporations represented themselves with cartoon characters, and weren’t viewed as quite so terrible either.’

Monkeypoke
Monkeypoke

Working in oils, silk-screen printing and ink, among other media, Taxali’s works have an innocent, collage-like aesthetic; mixing high-art with popular culture and working in elements such as existing book pages, oil paintings and everyday ephemera.

Sportly Goods
Sportly Goods

Taxali says, ‘I just want people to appreciate the banal: things that are accidentally beautiful, like packaging.’

Your Excuses
Your Excuses

Gary Taxali: My Feelings Like You runs from 4 May – 2 June at The Outsiders London, 8 Greek Street W1D

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