Henry Taylor: TAR/TAN Tote


This tote’s design was made from a sketch in which Henry Taylor breaks apart the word “Tartan” into “Tar/Tan”—evidence of how Taylor’s thinking process, artistic process, and use of materials is connected to his sharp and subversive dismantling of language. Produced in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum on the occasion of the artist’s solo exhibition, Nothing Change, Nothing Strange.

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Los-Angeles based artist Henry Taylor began his 18-month residency by investigating the racist and divisive histories of the tartan—a patterned cloth consisting of criss-crossed, horizontal and vertical bands, typically in multiple colors. In Nothing Change, Nothing Strange, Taylor considers the signifying potential of color and pattern, the complexity and parameters of space, and the historical persistence of oppression—illustrated by the exhibition’s very title.

Dimensions: 16″ x 15″

Screenprinted on 100% cotton

Wash instructions: turn inside out, hand-wash in cold water and air dry.

© Henry Taylor, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Nothing Change, Nothing Strange, 2023. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.