ALEX MORRISON

Alex Morrison (1971) was born in Redruth, UK and currently lives and works in Brussels. Morrison has had solo exhibitions at Komplot, Brussels(2016); Mélange, Cologne(2015), Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Vancouver, (2015); Burnaby Art Gallery, Vancouver (2015); Natalia Hug Gallery, Cologne (2013); OG2 at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2012); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2011) Artspeak, Vancouver (2010); Büro Friedrich, Berlin (2005) and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2003). Selected group shows include: Cut The World Until It Fits On The Back Of Your Hand, Clint Roenisch, Toronto (2016); Stopping the Sun In It’s Course, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2015); The Poetics of Space, Vancouver Art Gallery (2015); Be Mysterious, Walter Phillips Gallery (2014); Blue Times, Vienna Kunsthalle, Vienna (2014); Melanchotopia, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011), Sydney Biennial (2010); It Is What It Is, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2010); Following a Line, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2010); Cubes, Blocks and Other Spaces, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, (2009); Getting Even, Kunstverein Hannover (2009); Belvedere, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2000). Sternberg Press published a monograph on Morrison's work as part of their pocket book series in 2005.

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(b. 1972, Redruth, United Kingdom, lives and works, Brussels, Belgium)

EDUCATION
Victoria College of Art and Design
Ontario College of Art and Design
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Klasse Lucy Mckenzie, Kunst Akademie, Düsseldorf

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Cat Math, Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2015
Mélange, Cologne, Germany (upcoming)
Burnaby Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2013
Natalia Hug Gallery, Cologne

2012
OG2 at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

2011
Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver British Columbia

2010
Artspeak, Making Beer More Expensive, Vancouver, British Columbia
Every Letter in the Alphabet, Vancouver, British Columbia

2009
CSA space, Vancouver

2007
Catriona Jefferies Gallery, Is Freedom Academic? Vancouver, British Columbia
Galerie Ritter&Staiff, Frankfurt, Germany

2005
Büro Friedrich, Berlin, Germany

2004
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Henry Art Gallery, Alex Morrison, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Contemporary Art Gallery, Free Room, Vancouver, British Columbia

2003
Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Housewrecker, Vancouver, British Columbia
Frankfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

2000
Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto Ontario

1999
Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Cut The World Until It Fits On The Back Of Your Hand, Clint Roenisch, Toronto, Canada

2015
Drawing je t'aime, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Stopping The Sun In Its Course, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles curated by Jesse McKee
Poetics of Space, Vancouver Art Gallery (21-01-2014 - 24-05-2015)

2014
Blue Times, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria. Curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Amira Gad
Be Mysterious, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Center, Banff, Canada curated by Jesse McKee

2013
Ein ahnungsloser Traum vom Park, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany

2012
Material Information, curated by Juan Gaitán, Museum Industrie, Bergen, Norway
Through A Glass, Darkly, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

2011
Melanchotopia, Witte de With, curated by Fabian Schoeneich, Anne-Claire Schmitz and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Rotterdam
Domestic Lives:Works from the Permanent Collection, Surrey Art Gallery, Canada
Cul de Sac, Varley Art Gallery, Markham, Ontario

2010
Contemporary Art Gallery, Following a Line, Vancouver, British Columbia
National Gallery of Canada, It Is What It Is, Ottawa, Ontario
17th Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia, curated by David Elliot

2009
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Cubes, Blocks and Other Spaces, Montreal, Quebec
Trinity Square Video, Bred In At Least Modest Comfort, curated by Jean-Paul Kelly, Toronto, Ontario
Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Loaded, Vancouver
Hannover Kunstverein, Getting Even / Oppositions + Dialogues in Contemporary Art, curated by Matt Packer, Hannover, Germany

2008
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Getting Even / Oppositions + Dialogues in Contemporary Art, urated by Matt Packer, Cork, Ireland
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, eXponential Future, curated by Scott Watson and Juan Gaitán, Vancouver, British Columbia
Burnaby Art Gallery, Our Changing Landscape: Perspectives on and Interpretations of British Columbia (series III), Burnaby, British Columbia
Art Gallery of Alberta, Generation, curated by Catherine Crowston, Edmonton, Alberta

2007
European Kunsthalle, Modelle für Morgen: Köln, curated by Vanessa-Joan Müller, Julia Höner and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Köln, Germany

2006
Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Canada Dreaming (Desires And Ideas For The Future By Artists Of The Biggest Country In America), Wolfsburg, Germany
The Open Eye Club, Totally P.C., Glasgow International, Glasgow, Scotland
Royal College of Art, Again for Tomorrow, London, UK
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Die Jugend von heute/Youth of Today, Frankfurt, Germany
Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Unheimlich Jung, Kaufbeuren, Germany
Catriona Jeffries, 274 East 1st, Vancouver, British Columbia
Witte de With, Street: Behind the Cliché, curated by Renske Janssen and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2005
Champion Fine Art: 2003-2005, Art 2102, Los Angeles, California
Edmonton Art Gallery, Re: Building the World, Edmonton, Alberta
Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Curb Appeal, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
White Columns,Post No Bills, New York, New York curated by Matthew Higgs
Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Mix With Care, Vancouver, British Columbia
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Projections, Montréal, Québec
Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg,Unheimlich Jung, Waldkraiburg, Germany
Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Unheimlich Jung, Kaufbeuren, Germany

2004
Boys keep swinging, curated by Mai-thu Perret, Champion Fine Art, New York, New York
Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, I feel mysterious today, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, Florida

2003
Aspex, Homemade, Portsmouth, UK
Vancouver Art Gallery, Drawing the World: Masters to Hipsters, Vancouver, British Columbia
Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Making Space, curated by November Paynter, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Platform Gallery, Group of Seven, London, England

2002
Nylon Gallery, Geometers, curated by Simon Morrissey, London, UK
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Das Spyder Män, curated by Irene Tsatsos, Los Angeles, California
Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Signage, Vancouver, British Columbia
Contemporary Art Gallery, Satan Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas, curated by Reid Shier, Vancouver, British Columbia

2001
Tracy Lawrence Gallery, A Drawing Show, Vancouver, British Columbia
Charles H. Scott Gallery, Surround, Vancouver, British Columbia
Kabinett Gallerie, Mobile Homes, Bern, Switzerland
John Hansard Gallery, Liminal/ Minimal/ Nominal.Architectural Traces, Southampton, UK
Vancouver Art Gallery, These Days, Vancouver, British Columbia

2000
National Gallery Library, Proposals from Halifax, Ottawa, Canada
Christopher Cutts Gallery, Serial Killers, Toronto, Ontario
Platform Gallery, Serial Killers, London, UK
Henry Moore Institute, Belvedere, curated by Penelope Curtis, Leeds, UK 1999
Platform Gallery, From Memory, London, UK

MONOGRAPHIES


2005
Lars Bang Larsen and Jeff Derksen, Alex Morrison: Giving the Story a Treatment, Lukas & Sternberg, New York

BOOKS & EXHIBITION CATALOGUES


2008
Juan A. Gaitàn, Monika Szewczyk and Scott Watson Exponential Future, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver
Anthony Kiendl, ‘Informal Architectures: Space in Contemporary Culture,’ Informal Architectures: Space in Contemporary Culture, Black Dog Publishing , London: 829
Jerry Zaslove, ‘Silence, Counterfeit and Aesthetic Act in Alex Morrison’s Vision of ‘Academic Freedom as Academic’ – Installations of the Phantoms of a Utopian Will,’ Anthology of Exhibition Essays 2006/2007, CJ Press, Vancouver

2006
Max Hollein and Matthias Ulrich (eds.), Die Jugend von heute/Youth of Today, Verlag de Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne
Anne Low, ‘Alex Morrison’, Again for Tomorrow, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Germaine Koh, ‘Prototype,’ Prototype: Contemporary Art from Joe Friday’s Collection, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa

2005
Dominic Molon, ‘Mysteriously Yours…’, I Feel Mysterious Today, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, 2005
Roy Arden, et al. Real Pictures: Photographs from the collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, Vancouver Art Gallery

2003
Daina Augaitis, For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, Vancouver Art Gallery
Anthony Kiendl, Godzilla vs. Skateboarders, Skateboarding as a Critique of Social Spaces. Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, 2003

2001
Roy Exley, Liminal, Minimal, Nominal, John Hansard Gallery/Gallery Westland Place, UK

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015 Jacquelyn Ross, 'Alex Morrison' Art Forum critic's pick

2013 Janssen Renske "My House Is My World" Frieze online

2012
Rosales, Esperanza “Melanchotopia” Frieze, January/February 2012: 145-146
Petra Halkes “Melanchotpia” C Magazine, Spring 2012

2009
Connolly, Maeve “Getting Even: Oppositions + Dialogues in Contemporary Art”, Art Monthly, February 09, No. 323

2008
Gaitàn, Juan A. “By the End of this Decade.” Exponential Future. Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2008: 16–22.
Kiendl, Anthony. “Informal Architectures: Space in Contemporary Culture.” Informal Architectures: Space in Contemporary Culture.
London: Black Dog Publishing, 2008: 8–29.
Szewczyk, Monica. “Open Letter December 2007.”Exponential Future. Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2008: 23–33.
Watson, Scott. “Exponential Future.” Exponential Future. Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2008: 6–15.
Zaslove, Jerry. “Silence, Counterfeit and Aesthetic Act in Alex Morrison’s Vision of ‘Academic Freedom as Academic’ – Installations of the Phantoms of a Utopian Will.”
Anthology of Exhibition Essays 2006/2007, CJ Press, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2008: 95–111.

2007
Lorch, Catrin. “Models for Tomorrow,” frieze June-July-August 2007, p. 258. January 11, 2007

2006
Burnham, Clint, “Artworks challenge and intrigue,” The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, June 3, 2006
“Canada Dreaming” Fish, Marz, 2006
“Canada Dreaming”: eine neue Ausstellung im Kunstverein,” Wolfsburger Kurier, Sonntag, 5 Marz 2006
Dault, Julia. “A Room of One’s Own,” The National Post, Thursday, June 15, 2006. B6
Hastings, Sascha. “Postmark Berlin.” Canadian Art, Spring 2006, p. 62-67.
Karweik, Hans-Adelbert. “Kanadische Träume in Wolfsburg,” Braunschweiger Zeitung. Freitag, 7 April 2006.
Koh, Germaine. “Prototype,” Prototype: Contemporary Art from Joe Friday’s Collection, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, 2006. 25-44.
Low, Anne. “Alex Morrison.” Again for Tomorrow, Royal College of Art, London, 2006. p.37.

2005
Harris, Michael. “Mix with care.” Canadian Art, Winter 2005. p. 103-3
Molon, Dominic. “Mysteriously Yours ”, I Feel Mysterious Today, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, 2005
Nielsen, Henrikke. “Alex Morrison; Buro Friedrich”, Flash Art, Vol. XXXVIII, No.243, July-September 2005, p.130
Wallace, Ian. “The Frontier of the Avant-Garde”, Intertidal: Vancouver Art and Artists. Muhka, Antwerp and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2005. 51-62.

2004
Heather, Rosemary. “Skateboard Modernism”, Canadian Art, Winter 2004, Vol.21. No. 4, p. 42-47
Rieber, Christopher J. “Alex Morrison: Every House I’ve Ever Lived In ” artdish, Wednesday August 25, 2004.

2003
Augaitis, Daina. “For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life”, For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, exhibition catalogue, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2003
Huester, Wiebke. “Da ist die junge Kunst, die sich der Natur zuwendet”, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 4 Oct, 2003
Hierholzer, Michael. “Mit dem Skateboard durch die Wohnung”, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 12 October, 2003
Scott, Michael. “Following the Lines”, Vancouver Sun, June 26 – July 3, 2003

2002
Buck, Luisa. “London, Contemporary gallery shows”, The Art Newspaper, No. 122, February 2002
Burnham, Clint. "Cat Fries", exhibition essay, Signage, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2002
Currah, Mark. “Geometers”, Time Out, p. 48, January 23-30, 2002
Kitamura, Katie. “Geometers”, Contemporary, March 2002 (photo)
Meyers, Holly. “Turning Impulses into Works of Art”, Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2002
Pence, Elizabeth. “Das Spyder-Man’ at LACE” Artweek, October 2002

2001
Milroy, Sarah. “Masters of the Art”, The Globe and Mail, Saturday, December 1,
Roy, Marina. “These Days”, Last Call, Fall 2001(photo)
Schlup, Murielle. “Mobile Home als Lebensstil”, Berner Woche , # 160, July 18 2001
Turner, Michael. “These Days”, Art/Text, #75, November 2001-January 2002

2000
Diviney, David. Space Invaders, exhibition companion, Mercer Union, July 2000
Hirschmann, Thomas. “Mercer Union/ Alex Morrison”, National Post, July 29 2000
Meir, Franziska. “Konzeptionelle Kunst im Kabinett”, Zuger Presse, 6 Dec 2000
Robertson, Mitch. “Toronto Review”, Log Illustrated, New Zealand, Winter 2000
Schultz, Deborah. “Belvedere”, Art Monthly, April 2000, issue 235(photo)
Taylor, John Russell. “ The Big Show-Belvedere”, Times. ‘Metro’, 5-11 Feb 2000

1999
Fulcher, Dawn. “Previews: From Memory”, Contemporary Visual Arts, issue 23, Summer 1999
Kent, Sarah. “From Memory”, Time Out: London's Living Guide, July 21-28 1999 no. 1509(photo)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Vancouver Art Gallery
Burnaby Art Gallery
Art Gallery of Surrey, Canada
Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver
Zabludowicz Collection, London
Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf

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