Untitled (100% Hawaiian)

This drawing relates to a sculpture that features two open cans suspended from wires between a pair of vertical wooden boards. Combining materials to heighten the rich contrasts of light and dark, Taylor made effective use of each medium’s properties. On the lid at bottom left, for instance, he drew in pencil over gouache, exploiting the characteristic sheen of graphite to render the metallic surface.

Al Taylor (1948–1999)
Untitled (100% Hawaiian), April/May 1994
Gouache and graphite
The Morgan Library & Museum. Gift of Hamish Parker; 2019.53
© 2019 The Estate of Al Taylor