“Michael Morrill's most recent body of work explores the essence of déjà vu and repetition through a minimalist geometric lens, where reflection and lushness play an integral part. In exploring the holy and luxurious artistic traditions of pairing blue and gold, Morrill's works become a platform to contemplate the connection from antiquity to present day-- citing specific ideologies and correlations through the spheres of religious dogmas, biblical anecdotes, and deep space scientific inquiry. What is it about the qualities of gold and blue that bring us closer to, or feel on the verge of, a liminal space?”
-Written for Michael Morrill’s 2017 solo exhibition: Déjà vu Blue
Straights and Curves brings together works from Morrill’s recent series Déjà vu Blue along with pieces from an earlier series, which explore the relationship between straight lines and curves in a limited palette that creates light and shadow through transparency and impasto as opposed to reflectivity and gilding. The visual language of his work appears almost as a pattern of straight lines and curves that are repetitive like vibrations, rolls of film negatives, or a visual Morse code. The delicate subtleties in Morrill’s work show a highly sophisticated technique of painting, while his combination of fluidity and geometry also appeals to our sense of symmetry and variation in a neatly organized chaos.
By Alyssa Laverda, Associate Director, Seraphin Gallery