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Marc Morrel

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Birthplace
Philadelphia Pa. USA

Birth year
1937

Lives in
Amsterdam

Works in
Amsterdam/NYC USA

Website

Representing galleries
Gallery Spirit, amsterdam

Tags
photography, modern, landscape, conceptual, video-art, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, drawing, painting, filmmaker mixed-media video-art painting photography drawing sculpture mixed-media

Statement

Marc Morrel   by Geoffrey Witte

    It is a difficult task pinpointing the mystique and diversity found in the work of Marc Morrel. Initial impressions can be misleading. Through a long history and a creative mind that has explored a vast spectrum of concepts the illusive character of Morrel’s work is somehow a combination of the earliest record of human activity; of breaking down and building up in nature’s changing evolution, images evoked through mythological and metaphysical concepts, and a far reaching vision into the future. The almost magical concepts are ever present for Morrel, and it is these concepts that dictate the material and approach. It is in the later and current work that the mystery and magical qualities become so apparent. We see in the monolithic photographs a meditative journey of questioning through visual participation. In the paintings celebrating the ancient records of Native Americans, we experience once again an invitation into another world yet still our world. Further on in the work we are taken into the far-reaching galaxies of the unknown  with which we are connected. Within these chapters of work we are exposed to the idea of, how can it be like that; or why is it like this? Where are we going? Where have we come from? Morrel goes beyond the idea of self-expression or art for the sake of it; his work is more an awakening through a visual meditation, almost an invitation into a spiritual world through visual experience. In the paintings, which came from close observations of the total eclipse of the sun, we see clearly that we are looking at a picture and beyond, perhaps the mirror of our sensations. In all the work of Morrel we see that the conceptual element is a very powerful one yet the paintings themselves remain works in their own right. The more you look the more you see, the more you question the greater the mystery.

Biography

1937 Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA

 

1964  John Daniels gallery, NYC “Hard edge” group exhibition

1965   Van Bovenkamp gallery, NYC  Erotic Art” group exhibition.

           World House gallery, NYC  “Yesterday, today and tomorrow” group exhibition

           Van Bovenkamp gallery, NYC “Shaped canvas” group exhibition.

           World House gallery, NYC “Sculpture from all directions” group exhibition

1966    Stephen Radich gallery, NYC  solo exhibition

            Graham gallery, NYC  “Stuffed expressionism” group exhibition

1967     New York University, NYC,  group exhibition

1968 –1970 American federation of the Arts, traveling exhibition

                   “Patriotic Images in American Art”

           Museum of Contemporary Crafts, NYC,  group exhibition

1970  Camden Art center, London England  solo exhibition

          25th Edinburgh Festival  solo exhibition

1973   Camden council Library, London  solo exhibition

1975   Film podium, Radium cinema Zurich, Switzerland

           Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam  “UMO” group exhibition

           Van Abbe Museum, Netherlands  film showing

1981   Guild of Transcultural Studies London  "Lines and Circles"

1982   Schipol Airport Amsterdam  group exhibition

1983   Gallery de Zoeker,  Netherlands  group exhibition

1984   Ouderkerk Amsterdam  group exhibition

1985   Ouderkerk Amsterdam  group exhibition

1994   Atelier Eric, Utrecht Netherlands  group exhibition

1995   Gallery Spirit, Amsterdam  solo exhibition

1996   Gallery Spirit, Amsterdam  solo exhibition

1997   Leeuwenhorst Congress centrum, Noordwijk Netherlands  group

1999   Gallery Spirit Amsterdam   solo exhibition

2000    Het Getaal 0 Gallery, Amsterdam   group exhibition

            Video film, "Cochiti"  screened on Kunst Kanaal Amsterdam

2001    Gallery Spirit, Amsterdam Solo exhibition

            Gallery Onderhuis, Laage Zwaluwe HollandSolo exhibition

2005    Suzanne Biederberg Gallery Amsterdam group exhibition

2006-2007  Biennale Argentina, AAVRA Project Patagonia

2010-2011 : "Freedom of Speech"  december - march, Kunstverein Hamburgecember - January,  Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Group Exhibitions

2014     Gallery Spirit Amsterdam Solo exhibition

Films

"Venceremos" 1969

"Dreams" 1971

"Stuffed bandits" 1971

"Oz"  1971

"Cochiti" (studio, at work) (video 22min.) 1999 -2000

Kunst Kanaal, Amsterdam TV 1999

Books and Articles ;

"Minimal Art" A Critical Anthology, edited by Gregory Battcock 1968

"Blasphemy" Art That Offends, S. Brent Plate 2006

"Art, Politics and dissent" Francis Frascina 1999

"Artwords" Discourse on the 60's and 70's Jeanne Siegel 1985

"The Trials of Art" edited by Daniel McClean 2007"Freedom of Speech

" Marius Babias & Florian Waldvogel Kunstverein Hamberg & Berlin, 2011

 "Kill for Peace" American Artists Against the Vietnam War, Matthew Israel 2013

 "Flag in Chains" http://www.redecatur.com/flag-in-ch...

 " Visual Shock" History of Art Controversies in American Culture, Michael  (Kammen 2006)

 "From the Gallery to the Streets" Dissenting Art and the Vietnam War, Rhiannon

Corby 2011

Collections;

The Museum of Modern Art New York NY

University of California at Berkley

Camden council London

City of  Amsterdam, Holland

Brummelkamp galerie AMC, Amsterdam

and many other private and public collections

Recent Exhibits

Marc Morrel participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 Marc Morrel Schilderien, solo exhibition
1 February till 1 April 2014, Gallery Spirit , Van Breestraat 2a, Amsterdam
 
Dec, 2010 Freedom of Speech
The Kunstverein Hamburg
 
Dec, 2010 Freedom of Speech
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
 

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