This Greek bust was copied thousands of times and its distant available contemporary offspring ended up on a front lawn next to a gnome, giant fiberglass mushrooms, and a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent sculptures by Joel Morrison. This is his first solo exhibition in Asia.
Morrison draws on the wealth of found and everyday objects for his complex, highly determined sculptures and drawings. Composite sculptures assembled from mannequin busts, weather balloons, water bottles, shopping carts, and bullets are fused into polymorphous forms, which are then cast in bright stainless steel. The resulting works engage the full history of western sculpture, from classical Greek sculpture to Futurism to the Duchampian readymade. The highly refined stainless steel surfaces attest to the intensive process required to make them, beginning with an arduous casting process followed by intense polishing.
Morrison's oeuvre maintains a dynamic conversation between an idiosyncratic sense of humor and the art-historical canon. The sculptural result of this dialogue is a landscape of unnatural peaks and unidentifiable protrusions that presents fresh, arresting and sometimes outrageous work of arts. Tomb (2012) recalls Frank Stella’s Getty Tomb (1959)—the reflective steel surface resembles a wall hanging covered with a packing blanket, the seams of which mimic the geometric shape of Stella’s famed monolithic work. While Stella’s rejection of the figurative is finite, Morrison’s obscured canvas has limitless possibility. Encased in a skin that abstracts all that it reflects, it envelops the world at large in its ever-changing surface.
Morrison’s drawings offer an equally engaging but entirely different visceral experience. These three-dimensional interpretations of line drawings explore the dynamics between two and three dimensional representation. In Standing Figure with Crowbar, the drawn line is represented by a matte black elongated composition that bows and bends in three dimensions, the crimped, flattened, and fissured ends of which signal the unmistakable tip of a crowbar. The detailed facets of the Basketball Rim Drawing Series reveal the lines of the form on which they are based. The multifaceted nature of Morrison’s sculpture defies easy categorization, operating on a fault line between critical engagement and entertaining aesthetics that is very much in the spirit of our times.
Joel Morrison was born in Seattle in 1976. He received his BA at Central Washington University and an MFA in sculpture at the Claremont Graduate University. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections worldwide. In 2010 his work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts. In 2006 he was included in the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and “Thing,” the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Morrison lives and works in Los Angeles.
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「此希臘胸像已被複製過千千萬萬次，它的遠房近代子孫最後來到這片前園草地，旁邊是一個小矮人、巨型玻璃纖維蘑菇與瓜達盧佩聖母(Virgin of Gualalupe)塑像 」
莫里森複雜而果斷的雕塑和立體圖，皆取材自俯拾皆是的日常物品 這些複合雕塑由石膏半身像、氣球、水樽、購物車和子彈組裝而成，融合為多姿的形體之後，再以光亮的不鏽鋼鑄造 完成品承襲了古希臘雕塑、未來主義(Futurist)與杜尚派的現成品(Duchampian readymade)，跟整個西方雕塑史息息相關 細緻無瑕的不鏽鋼表面背後，是一連串密集的製作工序，先是艱鉅的鑄模過程，最後是仔細的打磨拋光
莫里森向來喜歡以其獨到的幽默感與美術史標準耍把戲，兩者間的微妙動力化為他的雕塑 作品，猶如一片奇峰突出、不自然又難於辨認的結果，給觀眾帶來前所未見、引人入勝，時而誇張無度的藝術作品 《Tomb》(2012)令人聯想起弗蘭克‧斯特拉(Frank Stella)的《Getty Tomb》(1959)－反光的精鋼表面好比一堵被吊起的牆蓋上了包裝氈，邊緣的形態就像斯特拉那座著名巨型作品中的幾何形狀 不同的是，斯特拉只是有限度地排斥具象，而莫里森晦澀的原料裡卻存在著無限可能 這表層能將所反映的一切事物抽象化，用其時刻變幻的表面將整個環境封存起來
他的立體圖同樣令人著迷，但給人的感覺和經驗完全不同 這些線畫的三維演繹，探索著二維與三維表現法之間的動力 在《Standing Figure with Crowbar》中，線條以三維化地彎曲的啞黑色長型結構來表達，翹起、扁平、開叉的尾部清楚說明了那是鐵撬的末端 而《Basket Rim Drawing Series》中所描繪的精細面貌，則披露了線條之下的形體依據。莫里森雕塑作品的多面性使其不易被歸類，它們於對美術史的參考批判與富娛樂性的美學之間 運作，甚具我們此時代的象徵
祖爾‧莫里森1976年生於西雅圖，在中央華盛頓大學(Central Washington University)取得其文學學士學位，繼而於克萊蒙研究大學(Claremont Graduate University)取得雕塑藝術碩士學位。他的作品曾見於多個國際性展覽，為世界各地多所知名博物館與私人藝廊收藏 2010年，他的作品成為了韋克斯納藝術中心(Wexner Center for the Arts)一個個人展覽的主題 2006年，他參與了於橙縣美術館(Orange County Museum of Art)舉行的加州藝術雙年展(California Biennial)，以及在洛杉磯漢莫爾美術館(Hammer Museum, Los Angeles)舉行的《Thing》展覽 莫里森現於洛杉磯居住及創作