Joel Morrison was born in Seattle, Washington in 1976. His most renowned works are the contemporary sculptures of steel. He received a BA in English Literature at Central Washington University, and an MFA in sculpture at the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.
Joel Morrison’s sculptures juxtapose various theories, genres, and processes within the confines of a single work. Casting found and everyday objects in highly polished steel, Morrison achieves a sense of tension between his subjects and the lustrous surfaces he creates.
Joel Morrison turns somewhat familiar objects into super-shined artworks via the material of steel. He has been using the polished metal to cast found objects into highly detailed, composite sculptures since near the beginning of his career, with a technical finesse that allows for the melding of high and low references, putting everyday items—sometimes literally—on sparkling pedestals. The range of textures Morrison achieves runs from the absolutely smooth to the carved and engraved, with sculptures on plinths appearing like inflated mylar balloons.
He demonstrates his technical ability to manipulate and harmonize this range of objects—which has included neck braces, wasp nests, urinal refreshers, and bullets—with sculptures that range from Neoclassical Greek busts to grotesque, amorphous forms. Morrison sees his work as forming a sort of dystopia, wherein mundane objects reinterpret themes of Pop, Surrealism, and Classicism.
Morrison’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections worldwide.
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