Michael Morrill

 

Michael Morrill

MFA, School of Art, Yale University
BFA, School of Art and Design, Alfred University

Trained as a sculptor, Michael Morrill works primarily in painting and mixed media. He is interested in the history and influences of abstraction and digital technologies in drawing, painting, printmaking, and multi-media collaborations. His work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in private and corporate collections.
 

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“When I was a student, I saw a Carl Andre sculpture and a Clyfford Still painting for the first time. Still’s expressive surfaces of fused color and texture, in contrast with Andre’s rigorously ordered, flattened sculpture didn’t look like things I knew. They were like things perhaps, but not a representation of something in particular. I was simply struck by art that seemed to have a quality of just being there; somehow provisional and timeless. It took me a long time to realize how much that long-ago experience of Andre and Still gave form to my ideas and motivation to make abstract art.

I’m interested in the poetry of color, the reflection and absorption of light, and the quotidian properties of materials. I look for vestiges of gesture and geometry in stratified compositions of light and dark. I usually paint on wood panels stretched with canvas, which makes stable surfaces for diverse methods of painting. Dimensional elements occur periodically. Titles signal references to my interest in the mysteries of cosmology and antiquity.