MURRAY — Murray State University Galleries and the department of art & design present “On the Fringe of Conformity,” an art exhibit by Clarence Morgan on display in the Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery now through Sept. 18.
This exhibition of drawings and paintings explores linear patterns that operate in a pictorial space. Utilizing random shapes and biomorphic forms within an intricate network of drawings, collage elements and subtle colors, Morgan’s work ranges from highly patterned organic painting compositions to meticulously articulated and somewhat minimal collage-drawings.
“My work attempts to reflect a broader generational curiosity where the familiar and unfamiliar converge,” Morgan said in an artist statement. “As a catalyst for the imagination, speculation and unscripted modes of knowing, I find art to be extremely useful and necessary to the health and well-being of society.”
Morgan is an artist whose work comprises painting, drawing and printmaking in addition to occasional writing and curatorial projects. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he also received his formal education and art training. During his career, Morgan has been an artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts (Charlotte, North Carolina) and the Harwood Museum of Art (Taos, New Mexico). His list of solo exhibitions includes Rosenberg+Kaufman Fine Art (New York), Kidder Smith Gallery (Boston), Thomas Barry Fine Arts (Minneapolis), David Lusk Gallery (Memphis) and the Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia) among many others. Group exhibitions in which his paintings, drawings and/or prints were featured include the American Academy Institute of Arts & Letters (New York), David Richard Contemporary (Santa Fe), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Rochester Art Center (Minnesota).
Additional information about Morgan and his work is available on his website at clarence-morgan.com/work.