Taylor Griffith

Taylor Griffith


On-site Event June 4th

Structural Collapse (Land and Sea)
Structural Collapse is an ongoing series of installations I have made using ghost lobster traps. Ghost traps are a type of ghost gear, which is lost or abandoned fishing equipment that persist in marine ecosystems. This series uses traps recovered from the San Pedro/Palos Verdes coastline that have been cleaned and painted in bright monochromes. These colors serve to highlight their line and form as well as contrast to the landscape they inhabit. These broken and fragmented grids bear the trace of their own time as well as the tidal action that sent them back to shore. 

For my proposed sculptural installation Structural Collapse (Land and Sea) I want to place four traps outfitted with speaker boxes playing a 2-channel audio work composed of edited field recordings. One channel will be underwater recordings of California kelp forests. The other will be recordings from the areas the traps were found and where the lobsters are sold. All three channels will form a sound collage that will move as they transition between moments of clarity and abstraction. My intention for this work overall is to shift the perception of Sites between the real and the surreal through sound and sculpture. By merging these objects with sounds from their landscapes I hope to create a dimensionally abstracted picture that offers a multiplicity of perspectives on how we interact with the natural world.

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Taylor Griffith is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. He received his BA in photography from the University of La Verne in 2019 and MFA at Art Center College of Design in 2021. Taylor’s work examines the relationships between the ocean and humans. He uses a multi-medium approach to explore the intersections of art and science. He works in photography, sculpture, time based media, and printmaking. His work aims to continue conversations about the challenges that face our planet and act as a lens to alter our perception of time and space to contemplate the surreal world we are living in.

Artist Location: Los Angeles County, CA

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