Pard Morrison

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Pard Morrison creates miniature and large-scale geometric paintings using a palette that is at once commonplace and unique to his work. He calls his paintings “mutations,” a clever title for work that initially appears quite rational. “I hope to create work that upon first encounter primarily reads as artificially fabricated, but upon further investigation, the visual strength of its own ‘objectness is compromised by specific human mark making. They have a familiar materiality and shape but also display attributes that are somewhat unnameable, visually discordant—nonspecific.” Morrison’s aluminum fabrications, appearing both solid and apparitional at once, are based on a rational, geometric foundation, with the use of color to denote depth and space. He describes his work as “momentary portraits of systems that are in flux,” with the likeness to something engineered and purposeful displaced by the viewer’s awareness that optical perception plays a key role in how an object is recognized. Morrison explains, “My interest lies in the exploration of this intersection: the intersection of pictorial illusion and specific object, and the marriage of both. . . . This visual language of specific geometric gesture simultaneously establishes compositional form and at the same time visually destroys the specific object that it is applied upon.”
Morrison was born in Colorado Springs in 1975 and graduated with a BFA from Colorado State University. He has had solo exhibitions in Dallas, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Denver, and New Orleans and has been included in group shows all over the United States and abroad. Two of Morrison’s works were displayed in Lannan Foundation’s 2016 show (Infra) Structure.

Pard Morrison elsewhere on Lannan.org

AGAIN: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation in the Lannan Collection , (Events)
AGAIN: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation , (Art)
Pard Morrison , (Bios)
(INFRA) STRUCTURE: complex, below and further on , (Art)

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Artworks



Morrison Mutation 703

Mutation 703, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection

Morrison Mutation 707

Mutation 707, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection

Morrison Mutation 591

Mutation 591, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection

Morrison Mutation 595

Mutation 595, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection

Morrison Mutation 593

Mutation 593, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection

Morrison Mutation 705

Mutation 705, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection

Morrison Mutation 599

Mutation 599, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection

Morrison Mutation 587

Mutation 587, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection

Morrison Mutation 575

Mutation 575, 2011

Enamel on acrylic
21 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

Current Lannan Art Collection