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SELECTED WORKS BY Ivan Morley

A True Tale
Ivan Morley
A True Tale

2006

Thread on canvas

271.8 x 99.1 cm
”Calling a painting decorative used to be an insult, but I think it is profoundly radical”.

The subject of Ivan Morley’s A True Tale, 2006, is the personal profit of Peter Biggs, a Los Angeles ex-slave who, during the 19th century, "made a fortune shipping cats to San Francisco to help with their rat problem." Tehachepi, 2006, is based on a Tehachepi Indian family who salvaged bullets out of the sides of trees to get by. Instead of depicting these historical anecdotes as literal accounts, these two works are imbued with the artist’s emotional and psychological responses through his use of dark, heavy colours and hand-stitched cloth.
Tehachepi (Sic)
Ivan Morley
Tehachepi (Sic)

2009

Oil, wax, KY Jelly, thread and dye on linen

145 x 135 cm
Morley’s choice of craft materials and techniques over traditional paint and canvas was originally a means of disengaging from the shadow of art history. Rather than avoiding subjects and styles that were widely dismissed as art forms he embraced them and found their properties matched the content and 3D presence he wanted to achieve. The act of making a stitch is also important as it represents a specific amount of time, an element that he wanted to make visible and offer to the viewer as an opportunity to trace the artist’s hand and physical experience in the final work. The use of pattern provided Morley a conduit through which to concentrate on instinctive decisions about colours and materials rather than dwell upon the compositional complexities of painting. In addition to these ostensibly conventional works of handicraft, Morley introduced KY Jelly, wax and oils that subvert the cutesy, homespun connotations of the finish. With an unconventional mix of materials and a painterly lyricism to their appearance, his works are not as disconnected from a contemporary painting as they might at first seem.
Tehachepi (sic)
Ivan Morley
Tehachepi (sic)

2006

Oil and cotton over aluminum panel

238.8 x 116.8 cm
Morley has expressed an innate interest in the subjects of the American Regionalist movement, such as rural life and their conscious rejection of European modernism, particularly drawing on the work of artists such as Edward Hopper and Grant Wood. In his paintings Morley reflects his own interest in regional history in the form of an emotional response, rejecting the notion that abstract painting should be emptied of reference to reality or narrative.

Text by Gemma de Cruz






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Dawit Abebe    Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Michael Bauer    Diann Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Eddy Ilunga Kamuanga    Alice Könitz    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Jill Mason    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Martin McMurray    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    R.H. Quaytman    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Agathe Snow    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Ivan Morley's BIOGRAPHY

Ivan Morley
Born in 1966, Burbank, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles

2011
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles

2010
Kimmerich, New York

2007
Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Dusseldorf

2006
Patrick Painter, Inc, Santa Monica

2005
Patrick Painter, Inc, Santa Monica

2004
Bernier/Eliades, Athes

2003
Patrick painter, Inc, Santa Monica

2002
Essor Galllery, London

2001
Frehrking Wiesehoefer, Cologne

1998
George’s, Los Angeles


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Abstract America Today, Saatchi Gallery, London

2012
Text Textile Texture, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin

2011
Painting Expanded, curated by Renee Coppola, Phyllis Lally, Emily Ruotolo, and Scot Surdez, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

2010
The Artist’s Museum, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Monchengladbach, Germany, September 13 - November 15
Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2009
Das Gespinst, Die Sammlung Schurmann zu Besuch im Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany

2008
Group Show, My Generation, Peres Projects, Patrick Painter , and Reiner Opoku, Art Cologne Fair.

2007
Imagination Becomes Reality, Part IV: Borrowed Images, Sammlung-Goetz, Munich, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Karlsruhe
L.A. Desire (Part I), Curated by Wilhelm Schurmann, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Dusseldorf

2006
Painting in Tongues, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Imagination Becomes Reality, Part IV: Borrowed Images, Sammlung Goetz, Munich

2005
Plip, Plip, Plippity, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles
Ab Ovo, Cartelle Gallery, Marina del Rey, CA; Rolf Ricke, Cologne; Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco; Angstrom Gallery, Texas

2004
Looking at Painting II, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany

2003
Ivan Morley, Christian Schumann, Jim Shaw, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica
Gibt’s Mich Wirklich, works from the Gaby and Wilhelm Schurmann Collection-K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

2002
Galerie Ghislane Hussenot, Paris, France
Startkapital, K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

2001
22nd Annual Benefit Art Auction, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles

2000
Paintland, organized by Terry R. Myers, Lemon Sky Project Space, Hollywood

1998
Group Show, Gallery 207, Los Angeles

1997
Buffet, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas
Shooting Gallery, Harm Reduction Central – Clean Needles Now, Los Angeles

1996
Resonances: Visions of Echo Park, Centro del Pueblo, Los Angeles

1993
Project Box, Los Angeles
Clean Needles Now, Santa Monica

1992
FAR Bazaar, Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles
L.A.C.E., L.A.C.P.S., Act-Up Benefit, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles