A True Tale
Thread on canvas
271.8 x 99.1 cm
Ivan Morley describes his paintings as âpoetic myth objectsâ. Drawing from the Wild West ancestry of his hometown in California, Morleyâs works â which range from folk-style illustration to full-fledged abstraction â combine fact and more than a little historical embellishment in their narrative motifs. Using such unorthodox materials as thread, glass, fabric, batik, soap, and KY Jelly, Morley uses the associative and âmake doâ qualities of his media to give authenticity to his work as handcrafted âartefactsâ. Morleyâs A True Tale is a monumental embroidered wall-hanging. Depicting an âimpressionisticâ view of a romantic frontier landscape through home-craft, Morley draws upon the connotations of the American sublime, his painting becoming an inspiring testimony to heartfelt endeavour and heartland chintz.
Oil and cotton over aluminum panel
238.8 x 116.8 cm
Ivan Morleyâs Tehachepi takes its title from the name of a small town near Fresno California, in which a ranch was recently purchased to be the site of a Norbertine convent; a true contemporary story, which in Morleyâs hands harks back to the days of untamed savage territories yet to be conquest. Rendered over the lustrous sheen of aluminium sheeting, Morleyâs abstract pattern is made from cloth and oil paint. Rendered with comic detail, each round form is given anthropomorphic effect. Idiosyncratic and naĂŻve, his TexMex coloured swatches flock in huddled congregation, each an intrinsic, yet individual value of the whole.