Ivan Morley
Hyperion
18 Jun – 30 Jul 2021
39 Walker

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Ivan Morley, Hyperion, Installation view, Bortolami, New York, NY, 2021

Morley's distinct, vivid compositions are sewn in embroidery thread with watercolor on canvas or painted on glass that is slicked with water-based lubricant, peeled away with the aid of razors, and transferred to panel in one giant, layered skin of sumptuous oils.

For this new series of works, Morley has found supple inspiration from personal memories and artifacts of long-vanished spaces along Hyperion Avenue in his longtime home of Los Angeles. The street, which subtly divides the neighborhoods of Silver Lake and Los Feliz, has intersected with Morley's own life at various junctures: first at an alternative “hippie” kindergarten, then where he attended house parties in the 1980s, and again as an artist working in a studio down the street. These lived experiences have been distilled with bits of California folklore to form a patchwork of pseudo-historical narratives which inform one another, a process highly generative to Morley's practice.

Works

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Study for a Study for a Public Painting

Study for a Study for a Public Painting, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Fandango

Fandango, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Foot

Foot, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Fandango!

Fandango!, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Study for a Public Painting

Study for a Public Painting, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Study for a Public Painting

Study for a Public Painting, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Study for a Public Painting

Study for a Public Painting, 2020

Installation view of displayed artwork titled A True Tale

A True Tale, 2020

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Fandango

Fandango, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Fandango

Fandango, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Study for a Public Painting

Study for a Public Painting, 2021

Installation view of displayed artwork titled From Fandango, A True Tale

From Fandango, A True Tale, 2020