It is with pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey announces Rebecca Morris, an exhibition of new paintings by Rebecca Morris. This is the artist’s second solo show at CvsD.
Based in Los Angeles, Morris is a painter fiercely committed to abstraction. But this simple observation says little about the main point of her work, which continues to push deeply into a kind of constant interrogation of materials, forms, processes, and outcomes. Having developed an extensive arsenal of techniques and ideas in her works on paper, which are a stand-alone part of her practice, she has recombined and permuted them in myriad ways in her ambitious large-scale canvases, creating patchworks out of different manner of mark making, from stained and soaked to raised and impastoed. But the frisson of juxtaposition is only part of the program, as she sets about to toy inventively with questions of frame dynamics – frames within the bounds of the canvas, for instance, be they open-ended or closed off, square or circular – and figure/ground illusions, often evinced within a remarkably shallow pictorial space. The way that reflective surfaces resist a matte color, like oil and water, may set the circumstance for two intersecting fields, overlayed and forced to be read simultaneously. In this exhibition, Morris will unveil seven fresh paintings.
Rebecca Morris has been the subject of multiple solo and significant group exhibitions since her last CvsD show, including the Whitney Biennial, NY (2014), the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Holland (2014), David Zwirner, New York (2014), Galerie Nächt St. Stephan Rosmarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna (2014), Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York (2015), Kate MacGarry, London (2015), LA><ART, Los Angeles (2014), 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles (2015), 11R, New York (20126), Richard Telles, Los Angeles (2016), Made in L.A., Los Angeles (2016). A hardback catalog featuring paintings from the last three years will be published during the run of Rebecca Morris.