(Image: Cole Morgan, Sliders & Heaters, Mixed media on canvas, 26x26 in; © Caldwell Snyder Gallery)
Cole Morgan (b. 1950, New York)
Cole Morgan’s self-contained, abstract paintings confront our perceptions of reality. It is as if he’s sending us a message: If we look beyond accepted notions of form and function, we might discover a parallel reality amidst the familiar. Morgan’s primary goal is to direct, but never to guide us through constant discovery in his paintings. The tools he employs to “conduct” our eye are as likely to be drawn from classical principles of painting as from the vernacular of the mundane. The cross element or triangle construction, a style derived from 17th-century religious tableaux of the Holy Trinity, provides spatial division in his compositions as he re-configures shapes and objects to a new purpose. But if Morgan ascribes to any religion, it would be the one of “Order”, in which composition is distilled to its barest minimum, where “shapes, textures and colors are refined and concentrated to their most visually descriptive elements. Every square millimeter of canvas is controlled.”
Education: Received Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Santa Reparata, Centro d'Arte Graffico, Florence, Italy, 1971 - 1973. De Vrije Akademie, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1973-1974.
(Text Source: Caldwell Snyder Gallery)