Bill Saylor

Region: Northeast

 Bill Saylor’s work is distinguished by his merging of explosive, gestural abstraction with a comprehensive personal iconography, revealing an anthropogenic concern and interest in natural history, weather patterns, and marine biology. Using spray paint, charcoal, and oil paint on canvas, Saylor splatters and scrawls a cast of recurring motifs exploring the significance of underground subcultures and the environment. Drawing and assemblage serve as crucial and enduring facets of Saylor’s practice, taking the form of graphite and charcoal on paper and panel, and sculptures made from salvaged materials and automotive parts. Saylor’s work recycles and reframes elements from graf ti, cave painting, and industrial production while mining the legacy of both American and European expressionism. The resulting effect amounts to an eco-scavenger sensibility, where images and surfaces are built up from the excess waste and detritus of our culture. Saylor’s post-apocalyptic beachcomber aesthetic reminds one of a world where humanity exists amid a fragile tension of creation and destruction and that our human-built culture is but one element of a much larger and complex ecosystem.