Robert Morgan, St. Martha's Dark Night, 2010, Mixed media, 40 x 44 x 27 inches.
Robert Morgan: All That Glitters...
April 15 - May 15, 2010
Robert Morgan began his art career as a scavenger collecting photos, personal mementos, and everyday objects from the homes of young gay men who were the victims of AIDS, alcoholism, and drug abuse. These objects, regardless of their original significance, were routinely abandoned or thrown away by families that had little use for the remainders of their sons' lives. Blessed with a strong sense of curiosity and a perverse Midas touch, Morgan was able to turn these banal objects into works of art through a complex method of assemblage and adornment. Objects are wrapped, glued, and nailed together - infused with religious and personal iconography - and then covered in a thick layer of polyurethane making them glisten and shine like glass.
But all that glitters is not gold. It is garbage, junk, trash, detritus, personal, anonymous and all but completely forgotten. It is bottle caps, construction netting, baby dolls, and caution tape. But it glitters all the same. The show's title, All That Glitters... is
The most recent incarnation of Morgan's accumulative process manifests itself in the form of a small army. Saints, warriors, and sentries - on foot and on horseback - march through the gallery and into the street towards the eager eyes and faces pressed up against the gallery's front window. Created in conjunction with Lexington's EcoGrant program, this exhibition and catalog address the concept of recycling both physically and conceptually. Morgan's work literally recycles and repurposes trash, but more importantly, it recycles memories, experiences, and stories that would have otherwise been thrown away.
Robert Morgan, Ancestral Head #1, 2010, mixed media, 24 x 8 x 8 in.
Robert Morgan, Son of Lobster Boy, 2010, mixed media, 12 x 6 x 4 in.
Robert Morgan, Mother of the Waters, 2010, Mixed Media, 44 x 22 x 22 in.
Robert Morgan, St. George and the Dragon, 2010, mixed media, 40 x 44 x 27 in.
Installation View by Louis Zoellar Bicket II
Portrait of the Artist