SECCA’s Southern Idiom exhibition series, featuring Winston-Salem artists, continues with A[void] is Being Built, a collection of new works by Taylor Hayes. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 5–8pm on Thursday, February 24. Admission is free, with a suggested $10 donation.

This body of work dissects the carefully designed structure and political nature of spaces through the manipulation and redaction of architectural and design magazines. Using the process of collage and décollage, the work (re)presents visual cues of interiors, architectural passageways, and empty spaces as manipulated and defamiliarized structures. Margins and negative spaces are illuminated to reveal unpredictability, fragility, uncertainty, and the absence of truth. Here, space is far from passive – instead space is constantly in the process of being constructed. Through this work, Hayes questions how architecture is intentionally designed for certain people and consequently designed to keep others out. Additionally, Hayes explores the way in which we are conditioned to learn our place and to navigate space in society.

Taylor Hayes is a visual artist who grew up in southwest Virginia and now lives and works in Winston-Salem, NC. Hayes has an MFA in Visual Art from Lesley University College of Art and Design and a BA in Arts Management and Studio Art from Salem College. As a multimedia artist, Hayes works across many mediums including collage, printmaking, digital illustration, and installation. Over the last decade, Hayes has been actively involved with many local arts organizations such as Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Artworks Gallery, and Artists in Cellophane: Art-o-mat. Find out more at taylorhayesart.com.


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