15 July 1986 - 9 August 1986
Opening Reception 15 July 1986 8pm
Pompeii Now: Living in the Shadow of the Big Meat
Pompeii Now: Living in the Shadow of the Big Meat, an installation by emerging Toronto artist Regan Morris will be on display at Mercer Union July 15 through August 9.
Presented as a mini-series, Pompeii Now consists of two main sculptures, Black Comet and an erupting “volcano/fountain,” accompanied by a series of drawings and ceramics. Morris uses found objects such as wire, glass, plastic, and metal in the construction of his sculptures and combines these man-made materials with more “mutant” organic forms to suggest “something living and animated being consumed from within by its own technological needs.”
Morris’ work is primarily concerned with the shifting relationship between man and nature, specifically, with the effects of media, communications and the technological society on the evolutionary process. Black Comet, a construction which incorporates a television set into a tangled network of wires and cables comments on the threatening power of the media in our everyday lives.
Regan Morris was born in Rhodesia in 1957. in 1985 he graduated from the Ontario College of Art. Recently, he completed Unidentified Cross, a mural for the exterior of the Garnet Press Gallery. Morris’ work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Gallery 76 and the Diamond Club, and in several recent group exhibitions in Toronto and New York.
Pompeii Now: Living in the Shadow of the Big Meat will open Tuesday July 15 at 8:00pm.