An exhibition of large drawings by Robert Morris is on view in NYC. “1934 and Before,” is currently at the Leo Castelli Gallery and will remain through the end of June. Some of the works will be rotated during the course of the show so you may want to consider more than one trip to the gallery.
Robert Morris, 1934 Mid-West Dust Storm, epoxy on aluminum panels, 96 x 144″, 2010.
Eight large works make up the exhibition. The artist refers to these epoxy and acrylic pieces as drawings, referencing the practice over the medium. Sea sponges were used to apply paint to the large aluminum panels. The perforated texture mimics the newsreel quality inherent in the images of the time period.
Robert Morris, Distant Relative (Before 1934), acrylic on aluminum panels, 96 x 144″, 2010.
Robert Morris was born in 1931. He chose 1934 as the date of his earliest memories and the imagery is derived from sources predating this awareness instead of personal experience. He may very well be claiming the past as manifestations emanating from his being. A theory that carries weight through science, theology and art. Nostalgia, good and bad, is such a powerful force because it draws on our shared dimension.
Robert Morris, 1934 Nuremberg Rally, arcrylic on aluminum panels, 144 x 144″, 2010.
1934 and Before
3 May – 30 June 2011
Leo Castelli Gallery