November 15, 2011

Aaron Morse "Humanity Panel" at Country Club

Aaron Morse
Humanity Panel

November 18 - December 17, 2011

Opening Reception
Friday, November 18, 2011, 7 - 9pm

Aaron Morse’s recent work will be on display in two new, concurrent exhibits in November, 2011. A new mural installation debuts at Country Club, Friday, November 18th, while paintings, watercolors and oversize collages are on view at ACME., opening Saturday, November 19th. Also continuing is an outdoor mural project at The Standard’s downtown Los Angeles location.

Morse’s recent paintings, collages, and wallpapered murals reimagine the deluge of pictorial information that comes our way via an ever expanding, media saturated culture. Morse collected books for several years with the intention of assembling images into an oversized collage banner. The subject of these books, ranging from natural history to sporting memorabilia, together with found images from the internet, has been assembled into a dense and subjective timeline of history. Rich in images, the orchestrated Timeline spans the Big Bang to the future in a dynamic and scale-shifting zigzag. Its contradictory graphic and photographic representation is at once playful, serious, quizzical, and inventive.

In order to balance the hyper figuration of the Timeline, Morse has included a new group of paintings that take their visual cues from aerial photography and maps. For all their abstract qualities, these works are actually the stylized representations of a distressed planet, whose cratered, wrinkled, and scorched surface relates to our own. Titles like Topo, Oceania, Victoria, and The Painted Desert allude to eras of exploration and war.

Mural installations at Country Club and The Standard in downtown Los Angeles reconfigure handmade paintings and collages into scaledup digitally generated works that have then been reworked with hand painting and coloring. Hybrids between commercial printing, collage and painting, they reference hand-colored photographs, color separated graphics and rotoscoped animation to create a complex visual environment where themes of history, information, time and materials begin to resonate. Morse takes into consideration his audience, the speed of life and the scale of architecture. In the case of The Standard, the 40 foot mural is at eye level from the car off a central artery and exit into downtown, posing the question of what it means to exit the freeway into Los Angeles’ financial district and be confronted with a picture of our Earth’s origins.

Aaron Morse is a Los Angeles based artist whose works explore historical imagery and the manner in which those images are shaped and manipulated over the course of time. His works are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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7561 Sunset Blvd.
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