Artist: Alex Morrison
Exhibition title: Galerie de la Reine
Venue: Komplot, Brussels, Belgium
Date: February 27 – March 26, 2016
Photography: Ilse Raps, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Komplot, Brussels
Morrison’s art engages a pre-modern architecture and design history – moments from art deco, utopian architecture, and interior design all inform his work. In his installations and objects, Morrison is interested in the constant recycling of aesthetic codes – the post-modern pre-modern – and how these aesthetics are used to stand in for outside notions of authenticity. This is not the history of ‘important’ art and artists, but rather a history of the kind of peripheral art that ornaments middle-class houses, advertises for small businesses, or hangs behind nostalgic bars. In Morrison’s work all these complex references are brought into relation in a single picture frame – like that of the cubists. Depth and surface are in constant disagreement.