Morrison’s colourful trajectory

 


A work by Jennifer Morrison titled Undergrowrth.

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BY BILLY SUTER

ABSTRACT paintings primarily concerned with colour, scale, texture and form are at the heart of Trajectory, a new exhibition by Jennifer Morrison that opens in the main and mezzanine sections at Durban’s KZNSA Gallery in Brand Road, Glenwood, on Tuesday, June 13,

Running until July 2, the exhibition by the UK-based artist shows that although she has lived in London for more than two decades, the colours of South Africa have never left her – and remain a central influence in her work.

Artist Jennifer Morrison.

Morrision is interested in weighing accident against deliberation, precision and control against playfulness and abandon. Whether it is a plant or clouds, or smudges on a wall, these can all serve as inspiration for her, and act as a starting point for a painting.

The large works of the exhibition explore the medium of oil paint and seek to rely on the intuition of the artist in the making of the works and on the person who views them, says a gallery spokesman.

The experience of making the works is based on unconscious filters, values, past experience and knowledge, the spokesman adds.

“The paintings raise the issue of the viewer’s expectation of paintings, the need of some to see it perform as a narrative space within which the image and meaning can unfold. Finding meaning is not a primary concern for the artist. The visual impact and experience is paramount. Her paintings are devoid of content or narrative which precludes any single meaning or view,” the spokesman explains.

Morrison wants the viewing of her paintings to be a rich experiential encounter. For the artist, painting is about exploring the invented object in front of her. The formal qualities of abstract painting are significant not in themselves but as part of a work’s expressive message.

“Morrison is interested in the literalness of painting, of comprehending a work in a literal and experiential sense.  She sees it as a kind of honesty. It is also about having faith in not knowing, in being confounded, in doubt.

“Abstract art accepts the permanent uncertainties and pluralities that come with its territory. With painting, as with other things, you’re always losing possibilities by the choices you make. Morrison feels this to be a very exciting thing.”

Jennifer Morrison’s Beckon.

 

Jennifer Morrison’s Barrage.

BILLY SUTER reports that abstract paintings primarily concerned with colour, scale, texture and form are at the heart of “Trajectory”, a new Durban exhibition by Jennifer Morrison. … More Morrison’s colourful trajectory