Circle Culture recently opened Apex, a solo exhibition by San Francisco-based painter Kevin Earl Taylor. The exhibition features painting, work on paper and site-specific installation. In one of the canvases, a bubble floats above a group of chimpanzees in various states. Some are looking down in resignation or mediation, while the others seem to look outward but not necessarily at each other. In the orb swims a beautiful fish, hovering over the barren landscape. Yet the chimps barely appear to notice it. One can’t help but ponder — does the painting speak to diminishing water resources, does it aim to juxtapoz animals from different habitats, or is it about our own alienation from the wonders that surround us, both in nature and…

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