Michael Lisle-Taylor presents a mass of fantastically skilled contradictions based on war and politics. Layering innocence with brutal tragedy, he combines diverse objects such as a rocking horse and a see-saw with the relics of war.
On the second floor sit containers of cider made from wild apples handpicked by the artist in the Tian Shan Mountains in east Kazakhstan, the original Garden of Eden. Ironically the cider is contaminated by a Soviet nuclear testing range a few miles from the orchard, rendering the cider undrinkable.
The highlight of the exhibition is Yeehaa, a large scale sculpture of a WWII American flag from a fallen soldier. Here Lisle-Taylor’s brilliant representation of innocence and tragedy comes full circle.