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Bill Morrison, High Water

Maya Stendhal
545 West 20th Street, 212-366-1549
October 6 - October 29, 2005
Reception: Thursday, October 6, 6 - 9 PM
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Recent paintings and films by Bill Morrison. For more than 10 years, Morrison has had a significant career in filmmaking, with important collaborations in theatre and music; High Water marks his debut exhibition in painting. Accompanied by nine film and video installations, a series of five paintings investigate texture, liquefaction and light.

Trained at the Cooper Union and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Bill Morrison paints with self-assurance and delight, working with color and movement in ways that depart from the lush patina of decay and oneiric slowness that have become his cinematic trademarks. We find him painting in the American grain of Winslow Homer and Albert Pinkham Ryder, invoking the grand old thematics of the solitary human encountering nature, of singular contentions with mortality — themes which order the artworks of so many American ontologies.

Bill Morrison was born in Chicago and lives in New York, where he works in painting, film and video, and also in collaboration with contemporary music and theatre artists. In recent years he has received grants and fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts and Creative Capital. His films have been shown worldwide to great acclaim and are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, the Nederlands Filmmuseum and Anthology Film Archives.
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