MIchael Taylor at UO Law Library

Nov 24, 2019

Photographer Michael Taylor has a show called "Places and Things: A Road Trip" up in the UO Law Library,
Credit Portrait of the Artist by Sandy Brown Jensen

I stand corrected; in my audio show, I identified this as being in Washington's Palouse County, however, the title is McCone County, ML, "Barn on the Prairie," with a note "Like the grain fields of the Palouse, there are miles here of golden prairie with an occasional inexplicable building."
Credit Michael Taylor

"Pennington County, SD "Badlands in Color"
Credit Michael Taylor

Because I went to WSU in Washington’s Palouse country for three years before I realized the error of my ways, I fell first into a long, golden vision of those famous hills centered by one, also long, white and red barn. Add a warm gray sky, and you have a simple, dramatic composition in four colors.

I should add that to keep his prices down, Michael made his own frames, and at $175 each, UO Law Library may be the best holiday art market in town this season.

I should add that to keep his prices down, Michael made his own frames, and at $175 each, UO Law Library may be the best holiday art market in town this season.

This show is titled “Places and Things: A Road Trip” because Michael criss crosses the Western States on his motorcycle, his camera capturing images you see here with the eyes of memory-- an enormous open prairie with the clouds opening up and pouring God’s Rays from horizon to horizon, or the colorful layered hills of the Badlands, a rusted car hammered into iron lace by bullet holes, a bridal party walking to church, tiny foreground figures loomed over by an enormous city of gasworks, Leaburg Dam in full autumn dress, hay bales and old houses and the wide open spaces of our home here in the West.

This is just one more unexpected place to find art in Eugene; this show is visual time travel, and it’s up through Jan. 3.

Hill County, MT "Round Bales of Hay"
Credit Michael Taylor

I put several of Michael’s images up on the Viz City blog at KLCC.org/vizcity. And of course you know Viz City is co-produced by Terry Way and Sandy Brown Jensen.