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Joel Morrison

ACE Gallery

In his second exhibition at Ace, Joel Morrison enlarges on the promise suggested in his first show, presenting a series of oddball objects based on heads and torsos that dive into the seemingly tired history of formalist sculpture and painting and dredge up refreshing and quirky treasures.

In both process and product, Morrison pits rapid-fire and rough against meticulously slow and refined. His latest sculptures, which combine fluid and jerky contours in organic/machine, anthropomorphic/technomorphic forms, give the impression of skins stretched over moving parts pushing from the inside out; they are born of a process in which the artist cobbles together simple armatures of discarded cans and random found objects and wraps them in layers of foam and tape. The shapes are then cast, or in some cases entombed, in fiberglass. The resulting forms still divulge traces of what went into them along

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