January 9th – February 15th, 2014
Almine Rech Gallery
64 Rue De Turenne, Paris
For his second solo exhibition at Almine Rech Gallery, Los Angeles-based artist Joel Morrison presents a new body of stainless steel assemblages. An unwavering conceptual framework is fused with everyday objects and encased in seamlessly refined exteriors. Through flawless surfaces and impeccable fabrication, Morrison effectively lubricates the raw and, at times, gritty, underlying reality in his work.
Everyday objects like anvils, corncobs, studded jackets and tin foil are cast in various metals. Utilizing a medium that is often associated with monochromatic, cold and rigid aesthetics, the artist contradicts this initial interaction by enveloping the work in perfect, mirror polished surfaces. The viewer is immediately tethered to the work, with a personal interaction and intimacy. The colors from hair, clothes and other surrounding environmental elements are instantly absorbed.