Holy Family University Art Gallery Presents Birds of a Feather, sculptures and works on paper by Peter Morgan
Exhibit: September 1-27, 2017
Artist Talk and Reception: Wednesday, September 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present Peter Morgan’s work, Birds of a Feather, a collection of sculptures and works on paper. Peter Morgan is a native of Virginia with a MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe with notable residencies at the Clay Studio and the Archie Bray Foundation. Currently, Morgan maintains his studio in Phoenixville, PA.
In 2016, Morgan was named an Emerging Artist awardee by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. He was also the 2016 recipient of the Victor Spinski Award. Morgan is a founding member of Practice, an artist-run space in Philadelphia that focuses on performance, participation, and experimentation. He has taught at Cal State Long Beach, Gettysburg College, Tyler School of Art, and for Claymobile in Philadelphia. His work is in notable collections including the Shein Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art and the Toki Collection.
From the artist: “My work is an exploration of the world through an investigation of location, representation, perception, taxonomy, and language. The pieces’ challenge what we know and how we know it through an illustration and celebration of cultural mythologies. The subjects are often archetypal depictions focusing on idealized understandings and desires of the subject rather than their actuality. I think of my sculptures as platonic ideals collaged from a global encyclopedia. The encyclopedia is a place where in theory all the information in the world is kept in a concise and easy to read format—much in the same way as a viewer may initially approach my work.”
“Frequently I utilize shifts in scale, transforming everyday objects into vast landscapes, and conversely, converting massive objects into toy-sized replicas. Through this macro/micro shift, the work compares experiences with such objects to representations via books and popular culture. Viewing the world through the lens of the absurd, I seek to challenge our cognitive processes by creating connections between often seemingly disparate topics. Through the use of puns and analogies I create links between seemingly disparate entities via language and categorization. I am interested in how the mind makes connections and fills gaps of information to create a cohesive vision. Even though the vision may be absurd or fantastical, though these explorations, I hope to come to a greater understanding of the world, how it is constructed, and why.”