Wednesday, September 2, 2009

MADDER 139| Michael Lisle-taylor

Michael Lisle-Taylor

4 Sept- 4 October 2009
Private View Thursday 3 September 6-9

The hilarity at the core of Michael Lisle-Taylor's work arises from a dance with military service that won't let go. It's an embrace that promotes its own laughter. It probes the interfaces of insubordination while acknowledging that discipline encodes behaviour that prevails when rupture and trauma take hold. When men and horses get blown-up, humour repels, anaesthetizes and provides a safe passage back to the problem. Once, military farriers hacked off the branded fetlocks and hooves of stricken horses, abandoned on the battlefield, in order to prevent hostile identification. Not at Knightsbridge with the Blues and Royals in 1982 – but at Naseby and then routinely at Dettingen, Waterloo, Balaclava and Mons in 1914. Men and horses get blownup: perverse laughter begins the repair work. Today, in Helmand, donkeys are used as roadside bombs. It's a world of 'shock and eeeyore.' Stand back, it’s best not to get in the way – perhaps, its best, not to get it anyway.......

Michael Lisle-Taylor was born in 1969 and was brought up in Pembrokeshire, Wales. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006. His works are held in several collections including the David Roberts Foundation, the Saatchi Collection and the Imperial War Museum. For more information please contact Debbie Carslaw at

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