Marcel Gem [Clip], 2011 - Sarah Morris

About the Work

About Marcel Gem [Clip]

This print is based on a painting from the artist's Clips series in which she has used the motifs of standard office stationary, in particular, the simple paper clip, to make abstract and complex images using a bold palette ...

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This print is based on a painting from the artist's Clips series in which she has used the motifs of standard office stationary, in particular, the simple paper clip, to make abstract and complex images using a bold palette of colours. While masquerading as formal abstraction, these images hint at something altogether more sinister: the "no way out" formation of bureaucratic systems, webs of social control, or the sophisticated contemporary visual communication that controls our social environment. With their rhythmic formations and dynamic compositions, these works attempt to mask their real power through their own surface seduction.

Courtesy of White Cube

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About the Artist

About Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris is a painter and filmmaker who finds inspiration from architectural landscapes of the world's major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago ...

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Sarah Morris is a painter and filmmaker who finds inspiration from architectural landscapes of the world's major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Beijing. An observer of the vibrations and dynamism unique to each urban center, Morris' work is highly concerned with exploring the relationship between conceptual signs and physical signifiers.

After receiving a degree in Philosophy and Semiotics from Brown University in 1989, she started her career in creating graphic paintings that evoke the format and language of newspapers and popular advertisements. In the mid 1990s, she began to explore urban architectural imagery in her paintings and films, a subject matter that remains her present interest.Through a bold usage of color and blunt geometric forms, Morris' best-known paintings recall the stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals, or the iconoclastic patterns of Islamic mosques. They are complex images that speak to the increasingly disorienting experience of modern urban existence.

Her films focus on deconstructing the major architectural elements of a city with the intention of revealing its true character. For example, in Beijing (2008), Morris explores the city's reinvention and renewal through close examination of the construction and implementation of the Olympic complex. Additionally, she has created numerous site specific works in the United States and abroad including a commission for the Public Art Fund entitled Robert Towne, which expands 20,000-square-feet across the ceiling of the Lever House building in Manhattan.

Click here to read about "Bye Bye Brazil," Sarah Morris' show about Rio de Janeiro at White Cube London.

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Marcel Gem [Clip], 2011

Sarah Morris

Print
Size Price
23.63" x 23.63" $1,679
Edition of 60

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Description

Silkscreen on Somerset paper.

Dimensions

The quoted dimensions are for the paper size.

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This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

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