Julia Morison: Head[case]

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2 Jun 2020 to 16 Aug 2020

Adam Art Gallery

An exhibition organised by Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and toured with support from Objectspace Auckland.

Julia Morison’s striking installation featuring 114 unique ceramic heads on a bespoke shelving system and a sound work by John Chrisstoffels has been reconceived for the Adam Art Gallery. This dramatic constellation of raw and fired objects takes the fundamental attributes of the human head and playfully adjusts them to accentuate and transform the sensory portals through which we mediate our relations with the world and with each other.

Julia Morison studied at the Wellington Polytechnic, graduating in 1972 with a diploma in graphic design, and went on to gain an honours degree from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1975. Since then, Morison has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been awarded numerous grants and awards, including the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship in 1989, and the prestigious New Zealand Moët & Chandon Fellowship in 1990, which allowed her to travel to France for a year’s residency. She chose to make France her base for the following 10 years, returning to take up an appointment as senior lecturer of painting at the University of Canterbury (1999–2007). Morison became a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate in 2005. In 2018 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). She lives and works in Christchurch and is represented by Two Rooms, Auckland and Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.

The artist acknowledges the support of Creative New Zealand in the realisation of this project.

The Adam Art Gallery is open Tuesday–Friday, 11 am–5 pm.

For more information contact: Ann Gale