Harris Lieberman is pleased to present an exhibition of Rebecca Morris’s drawings. This
will be her second solo show at the gallery and the first to present her works on paper.
Created within the last five years, the selection of ink and watercolor drawings reflects
an ongoing and integral element of Morris’s work.
The play of wet materials on paper creates what Morris terms the improvised moment:
generating a number of moving parts whose final outcome captures the immediacy of their
creation. Working at a speed that allows ideas to take form quickly, Morris develops a
language on paper that coheres throughout her oeuvre. The smaller scale forces her to
focus on a different set of challenges that in turn influences her larger scale
The cross-fertilization between Morris’s drawings and paintings is reciprocal. In the
works on canvas, Morris’s forms become elements within a larger composition; in the
drawings, they maintain their autonomy as singular, individual moments. Shown together,
tensions between works, such as those in value and color, are augmented, bringing each
into a dialogue of oppositions and harmonies.
Rebecca Morris was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She
received her BA from Smith College and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of
Chicago. Morris was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has also received
awards from the Tiffany Foundation, The Durfee Foundation, Art Matters, and the Illinois
Arts Council. She has had solo exhibitions at The Renaissance Society, Chicago; Galerie
Barbara Weiss, Berlin; and The Santa Monica Museum of Art. Group exhibitions include
Espacio 1414, Santurce, Puerto Rico; The Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland; The Hessel
Art Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago;
Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; and Participant Inc., New York.
Morris was included in “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” a landmark digital video
and broadcast initiative that aims to become the largest collection of women’s stories
ever captured on video.