The following information titled "Jocelyn Taylor: The Story of
Color", is a review of the artist's video installations, whose
New York City sites were Sigerson Morrison, 242 Mott Street, April
2000, and Williamsburg Mini-Mall, 218 Bedford Avenue, May 2000.
The exhibitions were sponsored by the Public Art Fund:
Commissioned through Public Art Fund's In the Public Realm program
for emerging artists, African American artist Jocelyn Taylor created a
candid and thought-provoking video installation entitled The Story
of Color. Taylor's videos, created to be viewed in two New York City
storefront windows, set up a point of contemplation for the interplay
of race, sexuality, and humanity within the context of New York's vast
and diverse population.
At the Sigerson Morrison shoe boutique on Mott
Street, and at the Williamsburg Mini-Mall, passersby encountered five
loosely constructed narratives. Each explored perceptions of the words
white, black, light, dark and color and the varied meanings of these terms
within our collective psyches. Using three monitors set up side by side,
Taylor's video triptych depicted mythologies commonly associated with
colors and hues.
Known for compelling and
beautiful video work, Jocelyn Taylor unfurls rich, striking imagery and
poignant metaphors illustrating both obvious and subtle interpretations
of age-old, universal issues of identity and the complexity of visual
language. Taylor has exhibited widely including the New Museum of Contemporary
Art and Franklin Furnace in New York, the Johannesburg Biennial, Museo
De Belles Artes in Venezuela, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Seattle.
The Story of Color is also generously supported by The Fifth Floor
The Story of Color is a project of the Public Art Fund, commissioned
through In the Public Realm, a program supported by the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore
Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The Heathcote Foundation, The Silverweed
Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, the
City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and friends of the Public