Victoria Morton, Feed Me, 2014, oil on canvas, 118 × 98 1/2".

Victoria Morton

The Modern Institute | Osborne Street

Victoria Morton, Feed Me, 2014, oil on canvas, 118 × 98 1/2".

“On one hand I believe in the idea of expression but on the other I am skeptical of this,” Victoria Morton remarked in an interview. Such contradictory beliefs can be felt within a painting such as Photosynthesis (all works 2014), one of the five large recent works presented in this exhibition. It shows a dense field of expressive color marks mixed with the contours of several human figures. Some high-pressure situation seems to be depicted, even if the action is not clearly defined. The composition appears controlled and directed despite the flow of expressive gestures.

Photosynthesis continues a way of painting that Morton practiced in previous years; it connects, for instance, to some bigger canvases with complex figuration from 2008–10, while three other works in the show, Soliton, Feed Me, and Delay Dispersion, introduce a new attitude. These paintings appear at first as more

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