• Taylor Winder

Rascally, witty, and playful, Taylor Winder’s “grotesque cartoonism” has now been captured in a collection called Things I Made in My Underwear. “It’s sort of slice-of-life stuff twisted through a weird, fantasy-sci-fi lens,” says Winder, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Winder is influenced by Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists’ work from the 60s and 70s. “They made ugly, bright pieces,” says Winder. He adds that there’s “definitely a midwestern sensibility to their pieces that doesn’t exist in New York pop art—a kind of intentional naivete, especially Jim Nutt’s work.”

In 2013, Winder started a piece-of-art-a-day project as a personal challenge that grew into an essential part of his practice.”It’s addictive, and I have yet to find a better way to come up with ideas,” he says. It also gave him enough material for his book, which he published through a Kickstarter campaign, a method he used instead of facing the daunting publishing world.

Winder also set up an online sponsor program through his website. So far the feedback’s been positive. “I put my stuff online every day for free, and this is a way for people to leave a tip,” says Winder.

“There’s a fine line between ‘fine art’ and ‘cartoons,'” he continues. “I like to straddle that line—or jump back and forth, erase it, whatever. People can use a bit more absurdity in their life.”

Things I Made in My Underwear is available at Wolfbait & B-Girls, 3131 W. Logan, or via taylorwinder.com.