3 colour lithograph, from one stone and two plates, onto Somerset Satin White, 300gsm
38.7 x 28 cm
Edition of 35, signed and numbered
About the work
Victoria Morton has created Particlisation, 2023 especially for Whitechapel Gallery to accompany Action, Gesture, Paint Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-1970, 9 Feb - 7 May 2023.
When making her lithograph, Morton exploited the organic nature of the lime stone printing plates, by painting directly onto the surface of the stones. For Morton this process felt familiar, like painting with watercolour - in this way she could achieve a deep space full of tonal modulations in one layer.
Morton describes her edition as having the appearance of an x-ray or enhanced night vision, with both landscape and bodily qualities. Movement and stillness are activated by smaller diagrammatic details and touches on the surface.
The title of the work, Particlisation is a word invented by the artist, suggesting an idea of matter dissolving and dispersing into the greater atmosphere.
About the artist
Victoria Morton (b. 1971, Scotland) studied at Glasgow School of Art and continues to live and work in Glasgow. While the artist is primarily a painter, her practice has expanded to incorporate sculpture, video, sound, found objects and photography. Morton's works most recently references the biological structures of organic forms following time spent on a commission for The Stem Cell Institute in Cambridge, and her practice sits alongside an active involvement within experimental musical production, as a member of the band Muscles of Joy and co-founder of the performance and installation group 'Elizabeth Go'. The artist's interest in music can be read throughout her large-scale abstract works, which carry within them their own sense of rhythm, movement and kinetic potential, and within works such as Dirty Burning (1997) – named after the 1992 Sonic Youth album Dirty – which directly reference this ongoing parallel between musical and artistic composition.
Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘A Warm Articulation’, Nino Mier, Los Angeles (2023), ‘Pedal Point’, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2021); ‘Treat Fever with Fever’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2019); ‘My Mother Was A Reeler ‘, Etro, London (2016); Sadie Coles HQ, London (2016); Victoria Morton’ at Aird’s Lane, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2014) ‘Mouth Wave’ Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo (2014); Il Capricorno, Venice (2012); ‘Tapestry (RADIO ON)’, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2012); ‘Her Guitars’, The Modern Institute, Osborne Street, Glasgow (2011); Sadie Coles HQ, London (2008); Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (2010) and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2002), and a twoperson exhibition ‘Sun By Ear’ with Katy Dove, Tramway, Glasgow (2007). Group exhibitions include ‘GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland’ at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; ‘A Picture Show’, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2013); ‘Painting Not Painting’ at Tate St. Ives, Cornwall (2003), S.M.A.K., Ghent (2001) and ‘Edge of the Real’, The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004). In 2023 Morton will participate in a two person exhibition at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin with Merlin James.
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