Kristen Morgin | Messages to my Twenty Year Old Self
Marc Selwyn Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Kristen Morgin. This is the artist’s fifth solo show at the gallery. Morgin, whose work is formed with a mixture of clay, glue, cement and other media, comes from a ceramic background, but goes far beyond traditional uses of the medium.
Her sculptures have an affinity to the constructions of George Herms, Edward Kienholz, and Michael Mc Millen, but also evoke relics of contemporary culture that have been buried and unearthed at a later date. As Morgin states:
“My works are delicate things that express the preciousness, nobility and stubborn-headedness of matter that resists its own inevitable demise in spite of its dilapidated condition and predestined downfall.”
In this exhibition, Morgin looks to the traditions of collage and assemblage for inspiration. Eccentric narratives and playful juxtapositions come together to form new objects with unexpected connotations.
In Mickey Dearest, 2014, Mickey Mouse is perched atop a replica of Christina Crawfordʼs tell-all book, Mommie Dearest, a string of clay beads draped around his neck. In The Bradys (Left to Right, Top to Bottom), 2015, Brady Bunch characters are re-imagined through the faces of Neil Diamond, Cher, Doris Day and Madonna in a wall mounted tableaux of nine artist rendered record albums. The worn edges of a personal record collection and classic pop icons adorned with hand-painted cartoon stickers evoke nostalgia in the viewer.
Morgin was born in 1968 in Brunswick, Georgia. She completed her BA at California State University, Hayward, and her MFA at Alfred University. Morginʼs work is in the permanent collections of institutions such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, and The Rubell Family Collection. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as The Thing (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles), Monumental (New Museum, New York) and the Instanbul Biennial, curated by Jens Hoffman.