Today, I am very excited to introduce you to another good friend of mine. Taylor Williams and I met about two years ago at Texas State. We where both photo majors, I just knew him as the guy that was always around working. I always admired his dedication. We didn't really talk until I got more involved with Middle Grey the Photography Association at Texas State.
Taylor Williams is 50% of what he appears to be. He is very smart and talented, which you can notice right away from his outspoken nature and well made points. He is also one of the kindest individuals once you really know him. (If you have read this post about the making of my thesis, I mentioned him as one of the people that helped me make it possible.)
Taylor has always been extremely helpful. Whenever I had a question, he had answers, and if he didn't have an answer he would look for them. He helped me built walls and when I needed a fashionable urban lumberjack look he was more than happy to pose.
I met Taylor during my first thesis class, where I had the opportunity to hear him talk during our discussions. He's always have a lot to say and doesn't hold back, which is very refreshing. I admired the way Taylor communicates and expresses when talking about his work; he always gets your attention and makes you want to know more. So here is a little bit about him and what he's been doing recently.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Taylor Covey Williams, born 1990 in L.A. relocated to Austin in 1997 where I grew up. Currently based in Detroit, MI.
You graduated with a BFA in Photography, but you also work in other mediums. What are they?
I sketch a lot in ball point pen, make large scale drawings in India Ink. I also make paintings and installations with found objects.
You do a lot of Alternative Processes. What do you like about it?
I like alternative photographic processes because I can focus less on accurate representation of reality and more on the materials and their chemical properties. Making work this way is more interesting to me because the outcome is more random and exciting.
Your work is very explorative. What is it that you explore in your work? Explain your thinking process when approaching a new project.
I make things to better understand their properties. Most everything I work on whether it is photo based or a drawing or a painting, I work on it with the idea that I truly just want to see what something that I've never seen before and I want to learn something while in the process of making it. I also like to try and engage the viewer in a way that at least pushes them to start asking questions and hopefully start investigating something of their own.
You are from California, lived in Texas and you just just moved to Detroit, Michigan. How is the art scene over there compared to Texas or California?
Detroit is a do it your self city. It is a small community in a very large geographical area which makes for a spread out scattered of mostly smaller pop up galleries. But of course there still a couple of big time galleries like Library Street Collective located in the down town area and Detroit Institute of Arts is an amazing resource as the largest museum in the city. Cranbrook and University of Michigan are also have great museums on there campus and are close by in neighboring cities. The best part about living in Detroit as an artist is the ability to do anything you want to do. If you have an idea you can find someone to help you with anything you need.
What differences have you seen between Texas and Michigan in the art scene?
The scene in Texas, believe it or not, is a little less wholesome. Living in Detroit is not easy, there are harsh winters, no jobs and of course everyone knows how broke the city is. These things have brought the community closer than any community I have ever been apart of. Everyone shares here and everyone is interested in each other and what they are doing. My experience in Austin was shallow in that I felt like there was a crowd of respected people and I wasn’t apart of it. Also most of the gallery openings were more about what you were wearing and how much free beer you could chug before taking off to the next spot to chill. That being said Texas will always have a place in my heart. I would definitely not be where I am today without the professors I had at Texas State.
What are you working on right now?
I am working on a series of Chemograms, which are an alternative photographic process which involves simultaneously exposing and developing dark room paper. The process was coined by a chemist named Pierre Cordier. I am also doing some large scale geometric drawings/paintings that focus on the idea of space and shapes distorting depth perception. Both of these projects will be displayed in a show shortly following a residency program I am participating in at Gallery 555 in southwest Detroit.