Exhibit dates: April 1st, 2022 – May 21st, 2022
Opening reception: Friday, April 1st, 5:00 – 8:00PM
Education Programming: May 21st & 22nd
Location: Main Gallery
Redux Contemporary Art Center is excited to present JUNK FOOD, a solo show highlighting the work of Taylor Lee Nicholson. Redux’s solo exhibitions showcase the practice of a single artist, emphasizing the unique mixture of media that can compose a retrospective exhibition.
JUNK FOOD is a kitschy, irreverent, and at times unnerving exhibition that brings attention to our participation in consumer culture. Whether we’re inhaling content from the internet or shopping on Amazon, consumerism depends on “junk food” – something we consume to satisfy a craving, but is ultimately temporary. Our addiction to consuming indicates a deep and significant void inside, a hunger that junk food cannot really satisfy.
Taylor Lee Nicholson (b. 1990, they/them) is a new media and conceptual artist who loves to mix kitsch and creepiness for comically grotesque results. As an absurdist and a surrealist, Taylor has been told that they are like a depressed Pee Wee Herman. Taylor transforms lowbrow, banal materials such as junk mail and tabloids into art to dissect themes of hyperreality, consumerism, and death. Taylor is a studio artist at the McColl Center, and their work has been shown in numerous galleries and art spaces around the United States including Goodyear Arts, Charlotte; Artspace, Raleigh; and House of Venus, Boston. Taylor has collaborated with brands like Vans, Microsoft Surface, Bojangles, and Almond Breeze, and their works have appeared in Vogue and Oprah Daily among others.