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Seraphin Gallery announces its representation of Michael Morrill. His show entitled, DAWN and DUSK, opens January 13 as our first show of the New Year.
DAWN and DUSK features works from Morrill’s ISIS and Linea Terminale series. Initially inspired by Galileo’s moon drawings, Morrill is influenced by the tension between light and dark as well as the transitory nature of shadow.
Named for the repetitive appearance of the letters, the creative process for the ISIS paintings is an expressive one, with room for variation in the final appearance. For example, ISIS 17: One2 works from a grid and looks quite different from ISIS 12: Dawn and Dusk, which is a diptych involving a striped pattern with lines of varying width. Some of the works from this series are painted with oil on canvas over panels produced by the artist. These canvases have a harder quality, allowing Morrill, who was trained as a sculptor, to be more physical with his art.
The line that separates the light and dark sides of a planetary body is called the “terminator.” This line lent itself to Morrill’s other featured series, whose name came from the Italian translation of the word - “linea terminale.” This series has a more strict set of guidelines – always the same size, with the progression of light – dark – light –dark, and the terminator line in the center. Specifically about color, these works have a certain luster in their appearance which contrasts the rough scraping across the panel, creating a dichotomy that produces a compelling image.
Michael Morrill lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned his MFA from the School of Art at Yale University in 1975. He is currently teaching as an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Pittsburgh. Morrill has exhibited his works up and down the east coast in solo and group exhibitions and is part of a number of permanent collections, including the Artists Image Resource Print Archives in Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto, Pennsylvania.