An exhibition which displays major works by Christchurch artist, Julia Morison opens to the public on Friday 24 June at the Fisher Gallery, Pakuranga. The exhibition contains three large works produced over the last two years.
Amalgame II is a work in progress from a series of one hundred. A number of the variations have been completed, and were first exhibited at the Cardran Solaire Gallery in Troyes, France. Each Amalgame is like an icon but can also be like a book.
A series of these ‘books’ will he displayed under its own reading lamp. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to touch these ‘books’, open them out, and ‘read’ their contents. Within the ‘books’ are a continuation of objects. Each Amalgame ‘book’ is based on a system, and a uniform design. There is a continuity of elements - diagrams, maps, machines, figures, music, ribbons, metals and blood.
Also on display will be two other works Encyclopaedia and Book for Micromegus based on ‘books’.
Julia Morison graduated from University of Canterbury Ilam School of Fine Arts with Honours in 1975. She was a Frances Hodgkins Fellow at Dunedin in 1988 and went on to receive the prestigious Moet and Chandon Fellowship in 1990. She travelled to France in that year. Morison now spends time between New Zealand and France.
Morison’s work has been included in major exhibitions such as Media trix at Artspace, Auckland and Altar-Image at City Gallery, Wellington both in 1993. Her work was also included in the internationally toured exhibition Headlands at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1992 which subsequently toured to New Zealand.
→ Julia Morison: Re-Rite, 1994, exhibition card