Thursday, 3 July 2014

Alex Gene Morrison - Same As It Ever Was

Alex Gene Morrison
Same As It Ever Was
Friday June 27th – Saturday July 26th 2014 
Wednesday-Saturday 11am-6pm or by appointment

'Skull', 2014 Oil on canvas 92x66cm
CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to present Alex Gene Morrison with his second one person exhibition at the gallery.

This new collection of paintings signifies a culmination of ideas that Morrison has been exploring for over ten years. There is a distinctively anthropological feeling to his images of skulls, forests, monsters and totemic abstract forms that call to mind the primitive and tribal. Signifiers of fire and raw electrical energy convey thoughts of destruction, transformation and re-animation via elemental forces. Morrison reminds us that there are embedded, archetypal elements within us that abridge modern and primeval man. Simultaneously, ongoing obsessions with horror and sci-fi movies; video games; sub cultural design; alternative music and the oppressive, unrelenting rhythms of Doom Metal all seep into and out of the work.

This sense of deep time, which is intrinsic to the work, is coupled with a knowing enquiry into Modern abstract painting, where Morrison references formalist tropes that were defined by 20th century avant-garde movements including Suprematism, Vorticism, Abstract Expressionism and Neo-Geo. Inherent within all of these was a departure from representation and gravitation towards a search for purity of expression and the universal via abstraction. Morrison intelligently absorbs these ideological and painterly languages, and in doing so, creates a unique and alternative visual language that invites his audience to go behind the surface through fractures, splits and tears. Rendered in dark, textured paint and in combination with his use of archetypal simulacra, Morrison presents us with resonant, metaphysical paintings.

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2000 – 2002: MA in Painting, Royal College of Art; 1997 – 2000: BA (Hons) in Fine Art, City and Guilds of London Art School
Selected Exhibitions: 2013: Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4’s New Sensations and THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, B1, Victoria House, London; 2012: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London; Ha Ha what does this represent, Standpoint Gallery, London; 2011: Video in Britain Today, Bermondsey Project Space, London; Polemically Small, Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipeda; THE FUTURE CAN WAIT presents: Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance; 2010: Fade Away, Transition Gallery, London; Dark Matter (one person), CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, London; The Term “Reality”, Paul Stolper, London; New British Painting, Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki; 2008: John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 25, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; 2007: Adrift (one person), The Fishmarket, Northampton; Nature and Society, Dubrovnik Museums, Croatia; 2006: Vile Lure (one person), Rockwell Gallery, London; Artists Choice, Leisure Club Mogadishni, Copenhagen;  2005: Maji Jabii!! Fucking Brilliant!!, Tokyo Wondersite, Tokyo; Hydrophobia, Zinger Presents, Tilburg; New London Kicks, Wooster Projects, New York; Faux Realism, Royal Academy Pump House Gallery, London; The Darkest Hour, Leisure Club Mogadishni, Copenhagen;  2004: Search and Destroy (one person), Rosy Wild Gallery, London; If You Go Down to the Woods Today, Rockwell Gallery, London; Uneven Surfaces, temporarycontemporary, London; Zombie, Gallery Ude, Düsseldorf; Born Cry Eat Shit Fuck Die, Rockwell Gallery, London; 2001: Modern Love, Hobbypop Museum, Düsseldorf; Modern Love, VTO Gallery, London; Rockwell, Rockwell Gallery, London

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