08 September - 03 November 2012
|© Claire Morgan|
Bluebottles, thistle seeds, nylon, lead, acrylic
26 x 26 x 240 cm / 10.2 x 10.2 x 94.5 in
8 September - 3 November 2012
Karsten Greve Gallery is pleased to announce the second solo show in
France dedicated to Claire Morgan. The show includes an important set of
sculpture-installations created for this exhibition, as well as
canvases and drawings.
Claire Morgan’s work reflects her concern of our desperation, through
life and death, to control the world around us. Making particular use of
natural processes and organic materials, the artist expresses the scale
of impact nature has on us, ultimately resulting in human’s existence
being only a minute and insignificant fragment of nature’s beauty.
"My attention has been drawn to the cheap distractions we choose to
place in our immediate vicinity, with which to screen us from the
overwhelming facts: that we are nothing; that our only certainty as
individuals is a life, of unspecified duration, and then a death”, as
stated recently by the artist.
QUIETUS is death, or that which causes death, regarded as a release from
life, with a calming, soothing effect, serving to suppress or
eliminate. It compounds Morgan’s ceaseless exploration of the human
The show opens on action with the ad infinitum chaos: the seemingly
broken glass and lightness of Under Arrest brings to the fore our
arrogance as a species and resultant disregard for the environment.
In Apocalypse Now the flies embody change, death, leading to chaos,
unpredictability and repulsion. The army-like form, with it’s complexity
and reliance on each fragment, illustrates our desire to be part of a
group, without really questioning our motives.
A swan is often associated with purity and perfection. Here, in The
Colossus, in over 50 000 plastic fragments, it refers to something
greater than us, in an overwhelming colourful setting. The action closes
on Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Composed of repeating squares in
natural and manufactured materials, intersecting although never
touching, it brings to mind natural forces, our own actions and
behaviour, leading to limited outcomes applied to everyone: birth,
growth, learning, making mistakes and death.
With Nipple, the exhibition continues it’s cyclical theme. The creamy
outer texture suggests something skin-like and corporal, bringing to
mind our relationship with our bodies.
The Birds and The Bees is a starting point from which to explore the
betrayal of the beauty of physical interaction and all that goes with
it, while You Are My Sunshine, originally made for a seaman’s mission,
essentially a church, focuses on the embodiment of light, the sun and
how it relates to peoples understanding of god and thus mortality. The
bluebottle embodies the metamorphosis that occurs in its life cycle.
Terminal occupies the final space: it intones ultimately the end of everything – human, action, velocity.
The exhibition also includes a selection of new drawings and canvases.
The drawings allow the artist to explore the relationships between the
different marks made on a page. At first sketches, becoming more
elaborate in terms of scale and complexity, the "blood drawings”, as
Claire Morgan calls them, show the sculpture in two dimensions, but with
traces of the animal involved – touch drawings, spillage of bodily
fluids and preservatives from the taxidermy process.
The canvases are surfaces on which the artist has been experimenting
very recently; weight is given to the forms through the pure surface,
setting in motion the marks of blood and water.
Claire Morgan (1980, Belfast), lives and works in London. She graduated
from Northumbria University in 2003 with a first class honours degree in
Sculpture and since has exhibited internationally, with solo and group
shows in UK and Europe, and museum shows in US and Australia.