Combining painterly application with simplified structural forms, Pard Morrison’s works expand upon the minimalist tradition. Morrison colors the aluminum forms of his sculptures in an enameling process he calls patination. The smooth surfaces of these works belie the brushstrokes that are visible throughout his elaborate arrangements of color. In contrast, Morrison’s paintings on linen are composed of a broad latticework grid of blue, pinks, yellows, whites, and black floating over a uniform background. Their surfaces are full of supple textures created with each applied brushstroke, while the subtly irregular bars of color break with the precision demanded by formalist aesthetics.
Morrison’s three freestanding sculptures in the exhibition each measure a commanding eight feet tall.
Bloom (2021), the namesake of the show, is a broad stele form wrapped in a loose diagonal grid of vivid, syncopated tonalities. In Eternally Unalone (2021), Morrison has covered the surface of this square column in a tightly woven, vertical grid of wide multi-hued bars, its composition recalling a magnified image of woven cloth. Morrison’s sculptures and paintings draw upon the conventions of reductive painting and geometric abstraction, balancing vibrant color and pattern with a contemplative feeling to create a unique visual experience.
Pard Morrison: BLOOM
Exhibition Dates: May 13 – July 10, 2021
Brian Gross Fine Art
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103