Victoria Morton at The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Victoria Morton’s practice has encompassed painting, sculptural assemblages, found objects, photography, and sound. Her recent paintings vary in scale, opacity, colour and spatiality, each distinctly painted composition has been developed with a degree of intricacy and intuition.
Influenced by musical composition, colour perception, and everyday life, alongside personal narratives, historical and cultural references, Morton’s works explore a continuously unfolding visual, spatial and psychological experience. Within her paintings she re-evaluates the complexity of visual representation and physical experience through a combination of layering, fragmentation and movement. Each painting works through the mental exercise of creating, disrupting, reforming and extending compositions. This technique builds a sense of time into her work.
Morton’s exhibition at Aird’s Lane focuses entirely on painting. Presenting a cycle of five large-scale oil paintings which specifically respond to the space in terms of their size and installation, offering a site for reflection. Each painting forms a narrative with the next. These works softly draw upon issues of health, the science of optics and light, and the idea of “free will”, as well as notions of representation. With washes of colour and variation in tone, line and brush stroke, individual paintings present a range of different attitudes and intensities within the framework of the installation. Luminous thin layers of paint draw you in, while concentrated, spontaneous compositions require you to step back. Morton’s areas of interest are explored through the filter of her daily life and rely on both photography and impulse. In each painting and through the arrangement of the five works, she has created an expansive space for the viewer to inhabit allowing us to engage with the
non-verbal, expressive qualities of painting on a level which is led by the act and process of painting itself.
until 17 January 2015
Above – Feed Me, 2014
Living Made Easy, 2014
Delay Dispersion, 2014
Delay Dispersion, 2014
Victoria Morton installation views at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2014
Courtesy: the artist and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photo: Max Slaven.