• Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works
  • Joel Morrison | New Works

Joel Morrison

Joel Morrison | New Works

6 May 2017 till 15 August 2017

Opening night and book signing: Saturday May 6, 5-7 pm
The artist will be present during the opening to sign his book.

This Spring, Reflex Gallery is thrilled to announce the first solo show in the Benelux by American sculptor Joel Morrison.

The LA-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.

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.

“You have to laugh it off first, before you can have a serious conversation,” Morrison says, inviting us to look again. The weather balloon is in fact the sort that carries information about atmospheric pressure back to earth; the shopping cart a symbol of the disenfranchised, an LA homeless person pushing their belongings by the side of the road.

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.

Looking around him in downtown LA, the shiniest of the shiny were the polished-up car bumpers and tyre rims. And it was via the car industry there he found the expertise to cast his works into steel, in an industrial foundry. He works in close partnership with a team of industrial craftsmen who polish metal in body shops and factories – far from the usual art-school trained apprentices in some Koons-esque atelier. By assembling his collages and putting them through his unique process, that he could turn street objects into Hermes jewellery.

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.”

Dystopian, complex, alluring – Morrison’s work is nothing if not contradictory. “I want people to look beyond the façade,” he says.

A book accompanying the exhibition will be for sale at the gallery. The book gives an overview of Morrison’s work from 2001 to 2017 and contains an introduction by Gay Gassmann.

Gay Gassmann is an academically trained art historian and her art world career spans over 30 years as an art consultant, writer, and editor.  She graduated with a B.A. in art history from the American University of Paris and received a master’s degree in the history of the decorative arts from the Cooper Hewitt/Parsons School of Design in New York City and spent two years in the Department of Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Gassmann is a passionate advocate for contemporary art. As the contributing art editor to T: The New York Times Style Magazine she contributes to the monthly page, ‘A Picture and A Poem’, and to art driven features.

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Past shows (selection)

Iris Schomaker | IRIS SCHOMAKER | COME TO THE EDGE

25-2-2017 till 26-4-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

23-09-2016 till 25-09-2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

25-11-2016 till 07-01-2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

16-09-2016 till 15-11-2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

18-05-2016 till 22-05-2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

19-03-2016 till 10-05-2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

18-09-2015 till 20-09-2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

28-11-2015 till 20-2-2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

12-09-2015 till 21-11-2015

Nobuyoshi Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

06-06-2015 till 15-08-2015

Nobuyoshi Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

20 December 2014 till 28 February 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

4 October 2014 till 6 December 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

18-09-2014 till 21-09-2014

Amsterdam Drawing 2014

18 September 2014 till 21 september 2014

Beauty of Darkness II

21 June 2014 till 04 August 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

8 March till 10 May 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

06-12-2013 till 25-01-2014

Artissima 2013

08-11-2013 till 10-11-2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

20-09-2013 till 24-11-2013

Unseen 2013

26-09-2013 till 29-09-2013

Something Like Summer

17-07-2013 till 13-09-2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25-05-2013 till 16-07-2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

23-03-2013 till 11-05-2013

Arco 2013

13-02-2013 till 17-02-2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

29-09-2012 till 31-12-2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

06-12-2012 till 09-12-2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

19-05-2012 till 28-07-2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

07-04-2012 till 16-05-2012

Arco Madrid 2012

15-02-2012 till 19-02-2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

12-11-2011 till 10-12-2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

09-07-2011 till 13-09-2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

31-05-2011 till 16-06-2011

Nobuyoshi Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

01-06-2011 till 16-07-2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

27-11-2010 till 15-02-2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

10-04-2010 till 07-06-2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

18-09-2010 till 09-11-2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

14-03-2010 till 07-06-2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

15-01-2010 till 13-03-2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

26-09-2009 till 28-11-2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

06-06-2009 till 31-07-2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

28-02-2009 till 04-04-2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

03-05-2008 till 05-07-2008