Last Saturday, 6th May, we were present at the opening of Joel Morrison’s new show at Reflex Amsterdam. The show features seven wonderful sculptures by the American artist. After receiving an extra hand polish by the artist himself, the works went on to confront the visitors with their own reflection and with a whole array of (pop) culture references.
The artist was present too, to sign books and to elaborate on both the ideas behind his works as well as on the elaborate production process that is necessary to create them. As for the books, they are for sale at Famous too. You can find them here. Coming to the ideas and productions process: this is where the interesting part starts. In five rather thorough questions on ElephantMag.com, he explains how he works:
“I collect all these objects on the streets and alleys near my studio in LA or, less romantically, on eBay or Amazon. I use a tricked out version of a traditional mold-making process (like the rubber stuff the dentist makes you gag on to copy your teeth) which acts like a low-fi 3D camera. The objects are as they appear in real life, just composed in collages and combinations.”
As for the ‘why’, there are many inspirations for his work. In short, Morrison says he is ‘conceptually influenced by Light and Space as an art movement but aesthetically connected to the street side.’ Viewing the works at Reflex this becomes all too clear. Take a look at these photographs and be amazed by the objects that the sculptures incorporate and combine.
Joel Morrison was born in Seattle, Washington in 1976. He received a BA in English Literature at Central Washington University, and an MFA in sculpture at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. In 2006, he was a featured artist in the California Biennial held at the Orange County Museum of Art, as well as a participant in the critically acclaimed Thing exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. In 2010, Morrison was featured in Six Solos at the Wexner Center for the Arts. His numerous other group and solo exhibitions have been at venues throughout the world including Gagosian Gallery; Almine Rech Gallery; the Kolbe Museum, Berlin; Haus Am Waldsee Museum, Berlin; and Santa Monica Museum of Art