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Alex Gene Morrison



Morrison employs a highly personalised language in order to engage with a universal cosmology. Totemic forms advance and recede to suggest an outer worldliness that is somehow beyond and even pre or post human. Morrison creates an inter-dimensional realm that is at times enticing and other times foreboding. Complimentary and subtle colour combinations might project stillness and harmony whilst abrasive, electric codes suggest the clinical, infirm or incubatory. Geometric portals, gateways and fissures convey a journey, a point of crossing over from one state to another.

Whilst nodding towards now retro futuristic film such as Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, Morrison also references 20th century abstract painting. Glimpses of Kazimir Malevich, Ad Reinhardt or Josef Albers can be traced in Morrison’s layering of form and colour. There is an acute awareness of the materiality of paint where subtle shifts in tone, texture and direction of application combine to create spatial and perspectival shifts; and underpainting and repainting bring our attention to the built surface. An inquiry into the equivocal, therefore, is underpinned by a rigorous investigation into paint itself.

Education

2000-02 MA Painting Royal College of Art
1997-2000 BA Painting City and Guilds of London Art School
1994-95 Foundation Course Birmingham Institute of Art and Design

Teaching

Lecturer City and Guilds of London art school ,Visiting Lecturer + Artist Talk and Lecture regarding Rockwell Gallery Space and Studios, UCE, Birmingham,Visiting Lecturer + Artist Talk, Byam Shaw School of Art, Visiting Lecturer + Artist Talk, Kingston University

Solo Shows

Dark Matter, Charlie Smith London, 2010
Isolation Room (Black Economy) Gallery Kit, St Louis, USA, 2010
Syllabus : video series - LikeFliesRoundShit, Hunt Gallery,
Webster University, St. Louis USA, 2009
New Dawn – Chapter Gallery, Assembly Solo, Cardiff, 2008
Alex Gene Morrison, New Video Work – Moot, Nottingham, 2008
Adrift - The Fishmarket – Northhampton- 2007
Vile Lure - Rockwell Gallery, London, 2006
Search and Destroy- Rosy Wilde Gallery, London , 2004

Group Shows

The Future Can Wait with Saatchi New sensations, London 2012, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, invited artist, RA, London, 2012, Ha Ha what does this represent, Standpoint Gallery, London 2012, The Perfect Nude, Wimbledon Art College Space, London 2012, Video in Britain Today, Bermondsey Project Space. London 2011,Polemically Small, KCCC Exhibition Hall, Lithuania 2011,Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, USA 2011,Fade Away,Gallery North, Northumbria University 2011,The Beard, Curated by Alex Gene Morrison & Kiera Bennett, Charlie Smith London 2011,The Term ‘Reality’ , including Damien Hirst, Peter Blake, Richard Prince, Linder… ,Paul Stolper Gallery, London, 2010,New British Painting, Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki, 2010,New London School, Gallerie Schuster, Berlin, 2009 ,John Moores Contempoaray Painting Prize 25, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool,2008,The Past Is History, Changing Role Gallery, Naples and Rome, Itlay, 2008,Loners Island , G39 – Cardiff 2007,Nature and Society, Dubrovacki Muzeji (Dubrovnik Museums)Croatia 2007,Visions at the Nunnery, The Nunnery, London, May 2007,Metropolis Rise, New Art from London, Shanghai and Beijing, May 2006,Fuckin Brilliant, Tokyo Wondersite, Japan, Tokyo, December 2005,Hydrophobia, Zinger Presents, Netherlands, December 2005,New London Kicks, Wooster Projects, New York, October 2005,New London Kicks, Soho House New York, The Armory Show 2005, with Art Review,The Darkest Hour,Leisure Club Mogadishni,Copenhagen,January 2005,If You Go Down To The Woods Today, Rockwell, London, November 2004,zombie, gallery Ude, Dusseldorf, November 2004,Sympathetic Nerve, Capsule Gallery, New York, 2004,Born Cry Eat Shit Fuck Die, Rockwell Gallery,2004,Rockwell. Rockwell, London – 2003,Modern Love, Hobbypop Museum, Dusseldorf – 2001,Modern Love, VTO Gallery, London – 2001

Awards

British council and Daiwa foundation award to facilitate the show ‘Maji Yabai’ at Tokyo Wondersite Gallery, Tokyo, 2005.

Collections

David Roberts, London
Private collections in Germany,France,USA and UK.

Recent Bibliography

The Future can Wait, Catalogue 2012,Saatchi Online, Paul Carey Kent’s London Highlights, Solo show ‘Dark Matter’ September 2010,Guardian Artist of the week, Jessica Lack, August 2009,John Moores 25 Catalogue – Walker Art Gallery , 2008 ,Amelia’s Magazine Issue 9, Arts and Culture Biannual, Words by Paul Pieroni, Artist Feature, 2008,Guardian Guide Preview, Loners Island, Sat 15th December 2007, Jessica Lack,Nature and Society, Catalogue, Text by Richard Dyer, Dubrovacki Muzeji (Dubrovnik Museums)Croatia 2007,Fash N Riot, issue four, 2007 TimeOut London – Review – ‘Vile Lure’ Solo Show – Nov 15th 2006 – Sally O’Reilly,Guardian Guide Preview – ‘Vile Lure’ Solo Show – Sat Nov 4th 2006 – Jessica Lack,Metropolis Rise: New Art from London – Catalogue, 198pp, 132 colour, 68 b/w, 27 x 20cm, hardback, ed 1000, ISBN NR,1-873352-44-1,Modern Painters, october 05, article on east end spaces included Rockwell, Guardian Guide Preview & Pick Of The Week, Jessica Lack, Faux Realism, March 2005, ArtForum, Dec 2004. feature on London art scene in 2004, Guardian pick of the week, SEARCH AND DESTROY, Mon 23rd Feb. Jessica Lack, Art Review, July/August 2003, feature, Friends in High Places