ERIN MORRISON OBJECT DECORUM
ERIN MORRISON, OBJECT DECORUM, AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION AUGUST 13TH, 5-7PM
Ochi Gallery is pleased to present Object Decorum an exhibition of new work by Erin Morrison. This is the artist’s first exhibition at the gallery. It will open Saturday August 13th and will continue on view through September 30th. An opening reception will be held August 13th from 5pm – 7pm.
Erin Morrison makes her paintings by casting hydrocal surfaces in a monoprint process with materials such as fabrics and linoleum to provide texture and create three dimensional grounds upon which she then applies paint. This process creates a particular spatial flattening, similar to collage, where the resulting singular surface is reliant on of the traces of many. The finished surfaces have a kinship to ancient reliefs or medieval tapestries, their imagery narratively evocative even while relying on simplistic forms and compositions.
This exhibition marks a turn by Morrison to more industrial materials for her relief methods. Architectural motifs such as the patterns from concrete walls around her neighborhood and industrial floor covers provide new textural associations and pull the outside world into the work. Balancing this tougher textural palette in the casting is renewed attention to the texture of the paint itself. Especially in work such as Black Hand, repeated cleaning and polishing are combined with a sealing application of wax to create a smooth, luxe surface that calls to mind California’s Finish Fetish movement.
With this body of work Morrison’s subject matter moves to the drawing room. Still lives, vases, ferns and flowers all speak of the most formal of the domestic spaces, a place where nature is subjugated by etiquette. Decorus objects are those that are well behaved. They are at home in drawing rooms and country clubs, spaces ruled by good taste. A painting is the quintessential decorus object, a marker of the status and class of its owner, it adds pleasure and decoration to its environment.
Erin Morrison received her MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2014. The paintings from her debut solo exhibition at Samuel Freeman gallery received much acclaim by David Pagel of the LA Times, stating her “contemplative totems… skip the bells and whistles to get to the good stuff: the intimate inquisitiveness of art-making as a process of open-ended discovery and the equally open-minded attentiveness curious visitors bring to art”. Her relief paintings have been included in several recent group exhibitions including Sonia Dutton, New York, The Pit, Los Angeles, C.E.S, Los Angeles, UPFOR, Portland, and James Harris Gallery, Seattle. Most recently, she has been interviewed in a tri-city survey of MFA graduates in FLAUNT Magazine.