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Omnium Gatherum: Iteration 5

September 4 - October 6, 2018

 
 
front gallery - installation view
 
 
front gallery - installation view
 
 
Wall Wooorms To Be Worn - installation view
 
 
back gallery - installation view
 
In Julia Morison’s exhibition Omnium Gatherum: Iteration 5 we stand before a collection, a miscellany of things: things in cages, rubber “wooorms” (that can be worn, we’re told) coiled loosely on wall-plugs, and a variety of forms looped and placed about one another within tight painterly confines.

The confinement or imposition of the grid is fascinating. In the cage works, Things yet to be named are anthropomorphically teased out of silk clay and caught, stricken at times in lead wire pens, inside grids. The pleasure of play edged with malice is the order of the day. In the silver paintings a similar mood prevails. The format of these framed works is rectangular, or two rows of three squares each. There are frames within frames and grids within grids – they are the leitmotif of the show. Sometimes they offer superstructure around which line and form are gathered with serious tension. Morison also paints them to suggest depth within the picture plane, while at other times they exist as light touches across a surface, as texture animating the visual qualities of these paintings.

Things Yet To Be Named 06
   Things Yet To Be Named 09    Things Yet To Be Named 16
 
Omnium Gatherum 45
    Omnium Gatherum 49
 
It seems then, that for Morison the restraint of the grid has allowed terrific freedoms. In the silver paintings, form feels visceral, bodily and playful to the point of bombast. Like Dr Suess on steroids, line here is replete in myriad forms – full of movement, hairy details, and even washed with iridescent inks. In the gold paintings, pattern and rich detail shimmer in the lower light of the back gallery. Form is ribbon-like, still linear and sometimes floral, and grounds are often dark; however, surfaces lightly splattered with materials and then sanded back or abraded, bring nuance and variation to the gold palette around them. The effect is sumptuous, opulent and fecund. It’s almost like going to church – just a little more arcane.
JS
 
Omnium Gatherum 53
    Omnium Gatherum 55     Omnium Gatherum 56
 
 
 

Selected works

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Omnium Gatherum 54
    Omnium Gatherum 60     Omnium Gatherum 59

Omnium Gatherum 61
    Omnium Gatherum 58     Omnium Gatherum 62

 
 

Omnium Gatherum 47
    Omnium Gatherum 44
;
Omnium Gatherum 52
    Omnium Gatherum 50

 
 

Omnium Gatherum Shawl
     Wall Wooorms To Be Worn 01

 

Wall Wooorms To Be Worn 10
    Wall Wooorms To Be Worn 05     Wall Wooorms To Be Worn 04     Wall Wooorms To Be Worn 03

 

Things Yet To Be Named 01
   Things Yet To Be Named 14    Things Yet To Be Named 05

Things Yet To Be Named 11
   Things Yet To Be Named 12    Things Yet To Be Named 15

 

List of works

Omnium Gatherum (paintings) 2018
43  44  45  47  49  50 52
acrylic & tin on PVC, wood frame    700 x 1000mm    $12,000

Omnium Gatherum (paintings) 2018
53  54  55  56  57  58  59  60  61  62
acrylic & metallic leaf on PVC, wood frame    1000 x 700mm    $12,000
  
Omnium Gatherum Shawl, 2018
modal & cashmere    2300 x 1360mm    edition of 50    $580

Things Yet To Be Named (cage works) 2018
1  4  5  6  7  8   9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  19  20    
silk clay & metal mesh lead    100 x 100 x 100mm     2600

Wall Wooorms To Be Worn, 2018
1 – 10
rubber, silk clay & mixed media    dimensions variable    $2800

Prices include GST

 

 

Julia Morison in her studio, August 2018
Julia Morison in her studio, August 2018