Zin Taylor (1978, Calgary, Canada) lives and works in Paris. With an expansive and philosophical approach to art-making, Taylor employs familiar visual cues to probe the malleable and mysterious divisions between concept and material. His work revisits the process, construction and inscription of form through specific cultural histories, asking how objects might translate thought, and how abstract ideas can find tangible articulation by engaging in a process where thoughts about a subject are translated into forms about a subject.
In 2000 Taylor received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada. This was followed by a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art in 2005, with an emphasis on Pedagogy, from the University of Guelph, Canada.
Sessional teaching positions have been held at the University of Toronto, Canada; University of Guelph, Canada; and La Cambre, Belgium.
Taylor has participated as a visiting lecturer at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, France; Stadelschule, Frankfurt, Germany; Hogeschool Sint-Lukas, Brussel, Belgium; Oslo Art Academy, Oslo, Norway; and York University, Toronto, Canada; while presenting artist talks at numerous institutions across Europe and North America.
Solo presentation of Zin Taylor’s work have occurred at Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster, Germany; Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany; The Artist’s Institute, New York, USA; Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; M HKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium; Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany; Etablissement d’en Face Projects, Brussels, Belgium; Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, USA; Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin, German; Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, St. Louis, USA; Kunstraum – London, England; and Art Statements, Basel, Switzerland.
Group exhibitions include Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, St.Gallen, Switzerland; XYZ, Tokyo, Japan; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; MAK, Vienna, Austria; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; MendesWoodDM, Sao Paulo, Brazil; FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France; 19th Prix Ricard, Fondation Ricard, Paris, France; Frac Ile-de-France / Le Plateau, Paris, France; and Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France.
Writing, artist books, and monograph publications have been published by Sternberg Press, Berlin; Mousse Publishing, Milan; Art Paper Editions, Gent; Karma, New York; Shelter Press, Rennes; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster; Bywater Bros., Toronto; and Artforum, New York.