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Published:May 29th, 2007 10:12 EST
All Over the Place: A Non-Cohesive Body of Work by Eddie Taylor

All Over the Place: A Non-Cohesive Body of Work by Eddie Taylor

By SOP newswire

Opening Reception:  First Friday, June 1, 2007  6 pm to 10 pm

The Free Range Studio and Gallery is delighted to announce a showing of the work of local artist, Eddie Taylor.  Eddie’s work will be on display during the months of June and July and is, as titled, “all over the place" with a broad range of 2-D and 3-D work using a variety of materials including: pencil and colored pencil, grid paintings, mixed media, 2 and 3-D collage, both functional and decorative recycled material works and Xerox transfers.

Eddie is an untrained artist who grew up in rural Kentucky and describes himself as:  “a high school drop out stoner, constantly in trouble with the law for petty crime (who) didn’t fit into the good ole boy mold."  In the late 70’s and early 80’s Eddie discovered punk rock and says that punk rock’s mentality of “do your own thing with what you have wherever you are at ideal" heavily influences his work.  The pieces in this exhibit reflect a social commentary about his neighborhood near downtown Raleigh bounded by North Swain Street, New Bern Avenue and Jones Street and use a variety of recycled materials.  The result is rich, intimate and raw.

Free Range Studio and Gallery is pleased to present this one man show because we feel Eddie’s work correctly reflects our mission statement: “Creativity should have no boundaries and dreams no fences." We at Free Range also believe art is a necessity, not a luxury.  As Eddie has said in his Artist’s Statement: “I owe a lot to art, be it music, painting, photography or any other human expression through sound, imagery, or word.  If it hadn’t been for art I think a lot of bad things could have happened to me on all levels.  No, art didn’t save my life but it did act as a catalyst for self education."

Please join us for a reception on First Friday, June 1 from 6pm-10 pm and meet the artist, Eddie Taylor.  As a response to Eddie’s playful sculptural work with recycled beer bottle caps, local jeweler, Bettie McKim has fabricated an elegant necklace made from beads she has created from bottle caps that will also be on display and sale during the show.

Also at the gallery during June and July, Trees Please, a celebration of the individual beauty of trees in a variety of print mediums by Carrie Knowles as well as a new series of small experimental rough-cut etchings and woodcuts using old techniques and recycled materials.

The Free Range Studio, which, in addition to being a teaching facility and a gallery, is also a working print studio.  The studio and gallery are located in a two story Victorian at 410 Morson Street in Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood neighborhood.
Morson is a one-block street running between Bloodworth and East and parallel to New Bern and Hargett.

Regular gallery hours are 9am-3pm M-F, First Friday every month from 6pm-10pm, and by appointment.

The Free Range Studio can be reached by calling (919) 821-3478, emailing freerangegallery@gmail.com.  For a quick look at what goes on at Free Range Studio, visit our website:  www.freefangenofences.com.


Carrie Knowles
Free Range Studio
410 Morson Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
cjknowles@earthlink.net

(919) 821-3478
www.freerangenofences.com