Program: Ace AIR
Location: Ace Hotel New York
Date of Stay: 03.17.19
Artist: Max Taylor

During an evening at Ace Hotel New York, artist-in-residence Max Taylor took a break from photography and drew a three-piece series of hands and flowers. He shared a bit about his process:

I try and meditate-ish to a blank mind and then capture whatever flickers of thoughts appear. It becomes  a race to trap them on paper before they dissolve like a waking dream. The fun part comes after, trying to interpret what the back of my mind was saying. I typically start with a single mark on a page and see what it builds into. Comes from a creative game I used to play with my family as a kid.

Max Taylor is an award-winning photographer based in Brooklyn. His two favorite cities are Havana and NYC. Max likes motorcycles and scuba diving. He has mixed feelings about third person narratives.

This March, our Artists in Residence are curated by Bushwick Community Darkroom, which promotes and preserves the art of film photography in Brooklyn by directing resources to high school programs and open call opportunities for local artists. When founder Lucia Rollow graduated with her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, she found herself without an accessible space to print and develop film. Determined to continue the legacy of film photography, Rollow realized other artists were struggling with similar barriers. With just a handful of equipment, very little money and a dream, she opened Bushwick Community Darkroom in 2011. While simultaneously building a local network through her leadership of Bushwick Open Studios, Rollow assembled a motley team, which transformed BCD from a makeshift basement space into the bustling 3,000 square foot warehouse it is today. Almost a decade later, BCD now boasts more than 30 members, 24/7 access to darkrooms, color and black-and-white film processing, low-cost workshops and curated photography exhibitions. Members, volunteers and students work together to create a vibrant, affordable art space.

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