26,5 x 20 cm, 10 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches
English / French
Edition of 500
Almine Rech Gallery
"The ultra chromed and sometimes exuberant sculptures of American artist Joel Morrison find themselves at the intersection of numerous influences. They reflect a myriad of contemporary problems, between the fantasized esthetic of the American West - the trained eye could make out Ronald Reagan, a tortilla maker, a pool cover - or even the extravagant classicism of a Greek bust turned masked punk rock figure, and lastly the vestiges of an uninhibited minimalism when the artist pays homage to the legendary John McCracken. Joel Morrison’s first exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery in Brussels testifies to the pleasure he takes in manipulating these different heritages, in clouding the clues across his mutant works, laced with unbridled humor. The ‘Basket Ball Rim Drawings’, which appear, as their title indicates, as three dimensional preparatory drawings, seem to capture a frozen moment in the artist’s practice."
- Julie Boukobza
“Two dissonant themes run through my work,” Morrison says, “the historical ‘West Coast’ aesthetics (shiny, reflective surfaces that play with light), and the notion that an artwork should be the subject of long contemplation.” Joel Morrison’s composite sculptures fuse found objects and histories of artistic discourses into a dialogue of polymorphous forms through a variety of cast metals. With their gleaming surfaces in nickel, stainless steel or bronze, Morrison juxtaposes various genres and processes creating a tension on the surface. The purity of form at the intersection between conceptualism and formalism gradually reveals an amalgam of shapes and textures.