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Michael Z Taylor at the Don Dexter Gallery
January 9 @ 8:00 am - March 30 @ 5:00 pm
Michael Z Taylor, The Willfulness Of Being (Life Aware of Itself)
January 4th to March 30th, 2022
Don Dexter Gallery
2233 Willamette Street Ste. B Eugene, Oregon
M-F 8am to 5pm, closed alternating Mondays and Fridays
The Willfulness of Being (Life Aware of Itself)
I don’t talk to my house plants or play for them a Fiscella piano composition. That would presume an aging Philodendron can be reflective as an old man facing his end. But as I wander through the quiet muse of a redwood grove or observe the blanket of canopy embracing an old bridge, I find myself sharing with them an awareness: That we are each of us a life possessed, one brief moment trailing in the sweep of infinite time and space.
These photographs, a work in progress, are about more than seeing a tree or a leaf. They are about seeing ourselves, in connection with the world around us. They are portraits; profiles of community, of family, of souls wrapped in the fleeting grace of being.
And I believe they are aware of that single moment they inhabit, as we, too, should be. And that in each of these images there exists a willfulness of being – a life aware of itself.