Solo Project: Artist of happiness

10 March 2015 - 02:19 By Yolisa Mkele

Hanging off the edge of the Big Apple like a giant fossilised worm is Pier90.

This waterborne strip of New York real estate spent this past weekend playing host to South African artist Michael Taylor.

Taylor's exhibition forms part of Volta NY, an invitational contemporary art fair focusing on solo projects. The fair ran from Thursday to Sunday and included just one other African, Peterson Kamwathi, from Nairobi.

For Volta Taylor created a whole new body of work, re-imagining Hogarth's A Rake's Progress, and the legends of the fountain of youth and Avalon. In his inimitable style he used the platform to colourfully examine the ideas of masculinity, selfhood and pleasure. His work often gives the impression of a group of jovial parrots mock-fighting in drag.

Taylor's work is regularly shown at the Whatiftheworld gallery in Cape Town.