Posted on November 20, 2014 by School of Art
Based in her hometown of Los Angeles, Rebecca Morris is an abstract painter of uncommon inventive powers. Her large canvases incorporate drawn elements—linear gesture, repetitive line, intimations of depth—but in a distinctly painterly manner, with great sensitivity to facture and tonality. Indeed, drawing has always been a significant part of Morris’s process; she periodically takes time out to execute a body of drawings, and these highly coloristic works refresh and inspire her painting. Dazzling and often quite humorous, Morris’s drawings show her special manner of using formal means to prod and pry at other kinds of meaning, be they connotative, emotional, or literal. Blocks of color, splatter, loose grids of varying line weight, washes and deft use of resist, occasional words and dates spelled in sweeping strokes – these are works that span available techniques and materials for potency and deliver the goods. The paintings are utterly delicious, compiling fragments into a constellation or luring with the possibility of resolution, then holding out, like a dissonant last chord.
She received her BA from Smith College, her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin, Germany) and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago). Her solo exhibitions include: The Bonnefanten Museum (The Netherlands); Kunsthalle Lingen (Germany); The Renaissance Society (Chicago); Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin); Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago); Harris Lieberman, (New York); The Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica).Group exhibitions include: The 2014 Whitney Biennial (New York); David Zwirner Gallery (New York); The Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (Switzerland); Friedrich Petzel (New York); The Hessel Art Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York); The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); Night Gallery (Los Angeles); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Venus Over Manhattan (New York); Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York); Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis); Participant Inc. (New York); Grieder Contemporary (Zurich); and Donald Young Gallery (Chicago).