U·turn Art Space is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by one of its collective members, Matt Morris. Recipes During Wartime is a site specific installation characterized by a transparent veil ensconcing the central portion of the gallery. Within the veil Morris presents a floor installation involving powders, an array of subtle objects, and experiments with lighting and scent. The work developed alongside Morris’ research for his upcoming lecture “After the Party: Artistic Hindsight as Crowns Were Passed at the French Revolution and the Localvore Revolution” at the 6th Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts in San Antonio, TX. Almost as if laying out a picnic feast for gathering ghosts, the installation within the veil becomes the charged focus of the room. The artist asks viewers to project themselves into a space that is right in front of them but cannot be entered. In this brand new installation, Morris is interested in inquiring into and exploring our psychologies as they relate to place, memory and the edges of perception.
My Sugar Is Raw, detail 2008
Morris's work evokes museum period rooms, haunted houses, and the occasional sick room. With the use of pared down materials, edible ruins, and a multitude of tricks of light and scent Morris creates installation experiences that cause one to question what they are seeing, and often, to desire a second look. Recipes During Wartime melds together various elements resulting in a theatrical melancholy likened unto the grief of Miss Havisham's moldering banquet. The wrecked meal is an oft repeated image in the work; using a shopping list's worth of ingredients Morris concocts suppers in various states of disorder strewn across the gallery floor. Spilled champagne, charred crumbled cake, flour, dough bits and other ephemera become circumstantial evidence of recent and past transgressions. One gets the feeling that something happened here. In an era of the neo victory garden (ala Michelle Obama) and the CSI franchise, Morris teases us with glimpses at a suggestive narrative full of multiple truths and intrigue.
February 6th – 27th, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday, February 6th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Evening artist lecture + poetry reading: Saturday, February 20th, starting at 7:00 pm