Omnium Gatherum: Iteration 5

September 4 - October 6, 2018

Julia Morison
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.
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   

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

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    

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



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