Gallery Q Presents Manic-Kin
Orlando Artist M Scott Morgan’s new work, “Manic-Kin,” will debut in a solo exhibition at Gallery Q on June 13, 2009. A reception will be held from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. The artist has agreed to donate a portion of his sales to the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, fighting AIDS and HIV. Gallery Q is located at 948 North Mills Avenue in Orlando, Florida.
M Scott Morgan says “Manic-Kin is NOT your parent’s family reunion. This show will feature 20 new pieces of art, some specially created for this event.” Morgan’s unique art form is harvesting store display mannequins and using the topological surfaces as a ground for decoupage. Beautifully treated, the mannequins glow with layers of color, some resembling stained glass windows; others are coated with newsprint. The careful layering and ultimate varnishing of the finished pieces give them an eggshell, monolithic quality, into which multivalent metaphors can be read. Mannequins, after all, carry heavy symbolic content, and these mannequins, from their original use as apparel display, are timely vehicles for a message in this era of questions about our jaded culture of consumption.
Millenium Gallery’s Josh Garrick recently observed that Morgan “creates quirky contemporary sculptures that comfortably inhabit their space while providing a less comfortable visual commentary on the more human figures around them.” The discomfort one feels while viewing these mannequins is an emotional shift, as these objects are taken out of their native context and, as Morgan calls it, “repurposed” into art.
Morgan’s mission ties to a larger trend away from consumption and towards repurposing or upcycling. While recycling injects energy and effort into a material, it typically downgrades it into a different form (think building insulation made from bluejeans). Upcycling, on the other hand, injects energy and effort into a material and raises it to a new level; and Morgan is not alone in this enlightened sustainability. Art, perhaps, is the highest purpose an object can serve.
Colleague and Orlando artist Keith Theriot puts it this way: "Saving mannequins from impending doom, M. Scott uses a patchwork of decoupage imagery to create quirky, unnerving figurative sculptures that force the question of our rightful place among them." Whether you take your place among these mannequins, or one ends up taking its place among your own context, be sure to visit Q Gallery to experience Manic-Kin on June 13. The purchase of a Morgan will show a collector’s taste for the unique and quirky, and also the collector’s recognition of new directions in art.
M Scott Morgan’s website is http://www.zhibit.org/melange218/bodies-of-work/gallery-group, The Hope and Help Center’s website is http://www.hopeandhelp.org. It supports local artists and is the official home of the Queer Artists Collective (QUACK).
For questions, please contact Brad Biggs of Biggslee Artistic Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.