Opening Reception, June 2, 2017
‘Storm and Cinder’
Oklahoma was on fire in 2016 both geographically and politically. Nearly 400, 000 acres were burned due to wildfire, 57, 000 acres in Woodward County alone. Continuing my study and breakdown of the Oklahoma landscape I sought to capture a glimpse of this devastation and present it in a controlled, minimal style of painting. There were several turbulent storms across the state in 2016, I focused on two that caused severe damage in Pawnee County and Garvin County. The tradition of the storm and the destruction that often follows is all too familiar for Oklahomans, Again I sought to take a familiar and terrifying subject and present it from a contemporary perspective. What I found fascinating while painting and researching this series is how the geographical burning fell to the wayside as political tensions seared the nation, Oklahoman’s seemed to know that the nation was on fire without seeing that their state was burning all around them.
David Morrison (°1977, Sapulpa, United States) is an Oklahoma artist who mainly works with painting. A graduate from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, David creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards hard edge and minimal art can be found.
His paintings are based on scale, form and color to reform a dialog on traditional painting subjects. His works never shows the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine a fresh interpretation of subject without being hindered by the traditional reality. With a subtle minimalistic approach, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and painter by removing sentiment and opening a visual investigation of the familiar subjects presented with the result to incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
These meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the traditions of modern painting. David currently lives and works in Owasso.