🍊 Statement 🍊
In paintings, sculptures, photographic installations and writings, my work explores society’s interpretations of affection and intimacy, documenting an individual’s attempts in reaching emotional reverence under the pressures of modern technology. Referencing and applying medical and scientific practices, manipulated enlarged microscopic reproductions form an array of digital abstract images that disguise and expose the realms of male exercise rituals. Similarly ornate paintings concerned with the projection of muscular torsos and yearning for companionship interacted across contemporary media apps, are enshrined in portraits comprised of body-enhancing compounds and flavourings suffused with flowers, collages of boxing iconography, and industrial materials. In contrast, envisioned landscapes of bodily forms on pigmented crystals noting Victorian pain medications, forming an alluring utopian vigil for suppressed and lonely individuals to seek solace and convalesce in. Imbuing a crescendo of personal imagination and evidence, I seek to communicate comments about digitally-connected societies, relationship between science and art, technology and the body, autistic neuropathways, and pursuits in beauty or hope, composing testimonies of those seeking to be understood or loved.
🍊 Bio 🍊
George Morl (B. 1994 Basildon, UK) received his BA (2013-2016), and MA in Fine Art (2016-2018) from UCA. In 2018 ‘Precious Boys’, Southend Museums, Southend-on-Sea, opened, in which Morl combined his works with those from Southend Museum’s collection, investigating how ‘body-image’ is entwined with ‘performance’ under the male body in art history. Others include ‘Paradise Hotel’, UCA, Canterbury (2016) where he reproduced the sensoriums of the children’s hospital; ‘Platform 2016’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016) a series of sculptures regarding male loneliness in coastal towns. Precious Boys#2, exploring post-industry and masculinity in relationship to male suicide toured Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (2016); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016); Beecroft Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2018). Morl was awarded the UCA Vice Chancellor Prize (2016), and nominated for Platform Award (2016), and selected by Turner Contemporary for ‘Platform 2016’. He became recipient of Darren Henley Scholarship (2016) for researching male body-image disorders in relation to social poverty. In 2016, he founded Orange Orient, an independent initiative for accessible projects debating science, emotion, and the arts; artist publications include Pubescent Plumes (2018), Vials of Vigils (2016), and Sepia Solace (2015). Work by Morl is held in museum and private collections.
Updated 03 October 2019
All works and text © George Morl 2019