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george morl
George Morl (b. Basildon 1994).
Lives and works in Basildon.

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George Morl uses their work to explore human connection under technological networks, and how bodies, perceptions of us, and language inform our engagements with environments and interfaces. They use paintings, sculptures, photography, performance, sound, and scientific installations, to interrogate heirarchies and social exchanges within shared physical and virtual spaces. Often they use the visual vocabularly and characters embedded in cyberspace, fiction, and autobiography to converse and colloborate with communities.

Recent dialogues include paintings assessing the construction of self-image and design of dating apps, collaboratively producing films within support centres, constructing personas to enter organisations documenting and challenging power structures, interventions within museum collections responding to allegories of performance around masculinity, investigating relationship between rituals of steroid culture and online chatrooms through photographs, composing avatars which subvert and reimagine scenes in paralells of video games and art history with autonomy instead of objectification, and installations merging paintings and scientific apparatuses assessing sensoriums in medical facilities.

Through merging evidence, performance, speculative fiction, and imagination, Morl seeks to reveal the relationship between power, barriers, and emotions in these systems and spaces, whilst posing questions around our existence in a modernising multidimensional hyperdigital future.

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Born in 1994 in Basildon, UK, George Morl is an artist and facilitator based in Basildon. They currently are Programme Assistant at Firstsite in Colchester, and were appointed the Jerwood Newlyn Residency (2021-22) at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance. Morl's multidisciplinary practice comprises of paintings, sculptures, photography, video, and sound, exploring human connection under technology and networks, language, queer ecology, gender, often through affecting integrative and collaborative approaches between organisations, collections, and communities. Morl received their BFA from University for the Creative Arts in 2016 and MFA in 2018. In 2018 they undertook ‘Precious Boys’ a response at Southend Museums juxtaposing their works with the museum collection investigating the relationship between structures of power and allegory, digital performance, sexuality, and masculinity. They were Focal Point Gallery’s Railway Bridge commission (2022). Work has been shown at Tate Exchange, London (2019), Southend Museums (2018), UCA, Canterbury (2016), Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016). Recipient of Firstsite Award, Colchester (2019), TOW Residency (2020) and Darren Henley Scholarship (2016- 2018). In 2020 George was a Peer to Peer UK/HK nominee and shortlisted for Platform Award 2016. Morl has work in national public and private collections.

Updated 05 December 2021
All images and text © George Morl 2021