Mind Through Materials
Monumental sculptures that unite traditional South African arts-and-crafts and contemporary art
1st edition, 2021
224 pages, 169 color and 1 b/w illustrations
24 x 30 cm
South African sculptor Angus Taylor, born in Johannesburg in 1970 and alumnus of the University of Pretoria, is known mainly for his monumental works. For these, in addition to the classic bronze, he uses a selection of materials special to his immediate environment: black granite, red jasper, straw, and the red earth of the Pretoria region. In the symbiosis of these materials with traditional artistic craft techniques, distinctly contemporary works arise, which the Taylor pioneeringly positions as figurative landmark sculpture.
This first-ever monograph on Angus Taylor offers a comprehensive survey of his oeuvre to date. Key works from his entire career since the founding of his studio Dionysus Sculpture Works in 1997 are featured in full color illustrations throughout. The essays discuss Taylor’s methods, practices, and personal philosophies and put his work is context within South Africa’s social situation as well as with his own biography. The book offers a much welcomed profound introduction to Angus Taylor’s innovative and characteristic body of work.
Paul Harris is an art collector and owner of the Ellerman House Wine Gallery in Cape Town, which was co-designed by Angus Taylor.
Johan Myburg is an art publicist and curator and works as a research associate at the Institute of Fine Arts at North-West University in Johannesburg.
Johan Thom is an artist who works at the interface of video, performance, and sculpture. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Institute of Fine Arts.
"The book impressively presents Taylor's works in large-format illustrations." Urs Berger, Biel-Benkemer-Dorf-Zytig