Reflex Gallery in Amsterdam is thrilled to announce the first solo show in the Netherlands by American sculptor Joel Morrison. The Los Angeles based artist has earned international acclaim for his highly polished composite sculptures cast in stainless steel. Reflex presents a selection of recent work, as well as four new and unseen pieces.

The exhibition runs from 6 May until 11 July.

On the occasion of this exhibition the gallery has published a book with an essay written by art historian and writer Gay Gassmann. The book gives an overview of Morrison’s work from 2001 to 2017. The artist will be present during the opening to sign his book.

Classical busts adorned with a forest of anvils, a cheekily positioned croissant, or other incongruous street objects. A giant weather balloon stuffed into a shopping cart. A punched-in disco ball in a bear trap. Immediately funny, arresting pieces that draw the viewer in, inviting a raft of association and meaning.

At first, the pure sheen of these sculptures is what dazzles; the slick, flawless finish and the instant humour reminds of Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Sherrie Levine and other pop-art giants.

High and low; street and science; the future and the present. All these ideas suggested and explored in one work. But Morrison isn’t forcing the point – he invites the viewer to draw their own conclusion, to enjoy the work on whichever level they land at.

Just as Morrison explores concepts of high and low art, his own production methods contain that same dichotomy. Morrison came to the idea of stainless steel out of a fascination with a certain 1960s West Coast aesthetic – a movement known as Light and Space – and wanted to explore the idea of reflective surfaces in his work.

The beautiful, highly polished reflective surfaces of his work, constantly reabsorbing and refracting their surroundings are, as he puts it “far from monochrome. These are paintings that are always changing – appropriately for our ADD, time-poor world.”

Reflex Gallery

Reflex Gallery

Reflex Gallery

Reflex Gallery
Weteringschans 79 A in Amsterdam

www.reflexamsterdam.com

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