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Catriona Jeffries Gallery: ALEX MORRISON - 4 Feb 2011 to 12 Mar 2011

Current Exhibition

4 Feb 2011 to 12 Mar 2011
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Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Catriona Jeffries Gallery
274 East 1st Avenue,
V5T 1A6
Vancouver, BC
North America
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Artists in this exhibition: ALEX MORRISON


4 February - 12 March 2011

Catriona Jeffries Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Vancouver-based artist Alex Morrison. Over the past decade, Morrison has investigated the aesthetics and potentialities of political protest and subculture and the processes by which radical and oppositional impulses become subsumed within normative commodities and habits of cultural consumption.

The exhibition seeks to question how vernacular modes are historicized and subsequently instrumentalized by way of their transformation into decorative surfaces, untethered from their origins. In thinking about the softening of modernist styles through both post-modernism and folk aesthetics, Morrison’s works reveal how particular genres have been borrowed in order to lend a certain sense of authority, permanence or perceived refinement to the otherwise disposable late 20th century built environment.

Continuing to draw from both the artist’s own personal biography as well as from a number of historical 20th century movements relating to design and architecture, the works in the exhibition generate an atmosphere of sculptural melodrama. Expanding on much of the research he recently conducted on the history of Vancouver’s Gastown — a local neighborhood where a sense of history and authenticity was falsely constructed in order to give a patina of ‘olden times’ — Morrison has created a number of new works that observe the visual intricacies of imitative misappropriation and what they reveal about processes of historicization. For example, a wooden wall relief nods to the ubiquitous mock-Tudor cladding often applied to facades of hotels and shops to connote a genteel ‘England’; a small sculptural assemblage brings together Arts and Crafts stained glass with cliché accoutrements of a hippie, West Coast lifestyle and the super 8 film, 1990 (2010/11), captures the historical Victoria neighborhood of James Bay through a succession of nostalgic and sentimental images associated with the medium and conflated with an accompanying grunge inflected, bedroom-recorded soundtrack played by the artist.

Alex Morrison (1972) was born in Redruth, UK and currently lives and works in Vancouver. His work will be included in the forthcoming exhibition, Melanchotopia at the Witte de With, Rotterdam in September of 2011. Morrison has had recent solo exhibitions at Artspeak, Vancouver (2010); Every Letter in the Alphabet, Vancouver (2010); CSA Space, Vancouver (2009); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2007) and Büro Friedrich, Berlin (2005). His work was included in the recent Sydney Biennial (2010); It Is What It Is, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2010); Following a Line, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2010); Cubes, Blocks and Other Spaces, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, (2009); Getting Even, Kunstverein Hannover (2009); eXponential Future, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver (2008). Sternberg Press published a monograph on his work in 2005.

For further information or press enquires please contact Catriona Jeffries or Anne Low at
+1 604 736 1554.

Forthcoming exhibitions

Arabella Campbell
25 March – 30 April 2011

Robert Kleyn, Works 1969-1983
19 May – 25 June 2011

Art Basel 15 – 19 June 2011

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