Screen #13: Zagaris, 2007
wood, epoxy resin, sand, mortar, synthetic polymer paint
x 13.0 cm
Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Private collection, Sydney
Monuments for Amnesiacs, Anna Schwartz Gallery at the Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand, 16 - 20 May 2007
Morton's work confronts the architectural space in modern society. While Morton predominantly uses architectural framing as his subject matter, the concepts and ideas are less about the architectural artefact and more to do with what exists behind the framework of cities - the darkness, uncertainty and unknown. Where the slickness of building, advancing designs and the technological expanse of our fast-growing cities could indicate a busy, bustling overload, Morton's style is one of calm. The calmness comes from the possibility of the uninhabited architectural space and it is this space - the one between and within the building walls that the subject of Morton's works really inhabit.
Morton was born in 1965 in Montreal, Canada, and studied Architecture and Urban Planning at RMIT, Melbourne, before transferring to the studying art at Victorian College of the Arts in the late 1980s.
Recent solo exhibitions other than with his two representative galleries - Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne are Valhalla, Palazzo Zenobio, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Tomorrowland, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Western Australia both in 2007; Babylonia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2005; Habitat, Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2003. Important group exhibitions include: High Tide: Currents in Contemporary Australian Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland and Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania,2006; Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia, Museum for the Present, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2003; Satellite cities and tabloid life, MUMA Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne and Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002.