British artist, Paul Morrison, has gained international recognition for his bold graphic-style black and white landscape paintings. His first solo exhibition in Ireland includes site-specific wall installations accompanied by related paintings and a new video piece. Morrison sources his plant imagery from popular and classical references. He draws not only on Victorian botanical books for inspiration but also on cartoons and art history, from Dürer to Lichtenstein, to create abstracted and often magnified visions of landscape. These breathtaking compositions, produced by eliminating colour, leave the viewer to project their own associated vision onto the canvas utilizing ‘colour from behind the eye’. Morrison’s approach to film making is similarly eclectic to his handling of paint. In the video piece, 'Cambium', he combines heavily modified footage from a number of feature films and cartoons, ranging from Marathon Man and The Evil Dead to Bambi and Fantasia. Like his paintings, the film is monochromatic yet manipulated in such a way that is full of contrasts, introducing a new focus on light and shadow which is deliberately absent in the paintings.
A publication accompanies the exhibition with essays by Jörg Heiser, Berlin-based editor of 'frieze' magazine, London, and Rachael Thomas, Curator: Exhibitions, IMMA.