I’ve been following Taupin’s artistic trajectory since his exhibition at the Time Warner Center in 2006 when his paintings reminded one of Mark Rothko’s minimalism and variations of abstract expressionism. While Taupin’s style may have changed, the conviction has not.
Over the years he’s clearly developed as an artist with as distinct a point of view as any that might be found at the Museum of Modern Art. Much of his latest work has become more of an assemblage and defined by the juxtaposition of instruments and the American flag; an obvious theme for someone born in England in the early fifties with a love of music and an admiration for all things American.
For Taupin, writing has always been a solitary process to which his partner adds the context. His art is created in a similarly solitary manner but this time it’s the viewer who provides the context. Who can forget the image of “The Spirit of ’76” by Archibald Willard, the drummer with the flag? Taupin’s latest creations evoke similar patriotic emotions.
One of Taupin’s recent creations is quite literally painted words – each of three frames contains single words spelling respectively red, white and blue. Patriotism at its most elegant.
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Jack Phillips’ latest album “Down In The Jungle Room” was released last year.
distinct and wondrous without being obvious or obnoxious
except for the title track the songs are on vacation
simultaneously self-effacing and egomaniacs
essentially a disco remix of “Rocket Man” featuring one of the the UK’s biggest stars…
“I literally really need you to jump up and down”
Friday night might kill us but Thursday evening is a blast
it just isn’t the triumph she needed after six years
an impressive sonic ride.
a high-spirited Post Pandemic anthem