Bowery Hotel Basement Annex
East Village / Lower East Side
September 7 - October 1, 2012
Reception: Friday, September 7, 6 - 10 PM
The Bowery Hotel is thrilled to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Bill Saylor entitled, “LIQUIDY SPLIT.” This exhibition, curated by Peter Makebish, presents a series of paintings, whose imagery and iconography rotates around the mythology of the rural American sublime. The emblazoned symbology comprised of images with various troupes of loss and decay, i.e. rattlesnakes, skulls, various crustations and the like, offer an incredibly dense and formalized surface for contemporary painting. Saylor’s lineage can be traced back to that of the early beginnings of the American painters of the 21st century. His visceral approach and unswerving tactual eye has resounded in numerous exhibitions and bodies of work, most notably within the American context of presentation and venues. Saylor’s roots belong to the space of American abstract expressionism. Aspects of Kline, Pollock, DeKooning and Motherwell are present within these new works, as well as later historical touchstones as Lupertz, Schnabel, and Polke. Although at once engaging in the immediacy of shock and awe, Saylor’s new body of work pivots and swerves into unknown directions and consciousnesses in a remarkably fresh and vital manner. In the current digital age we all live in, paintings such as the ones presented here in ‘LIQUIDY SPLIT’, offer us a unique view into the heart of what it means to be wrestling with the notion of the possibility that an ‘oil on canvas’ can suspend disbelief.
Bill Saylor has been included in various international exhibitions, including Leo Koenig Gallery in New York, Eleni Koroneou Gallery in Athens, Voges & Partner in Frankfurt and Asbaek Gallery in Copenhagen. He holds a BFA from Cal State Long Beach. Bill Saylor lives and works in New York City.