"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts". In Gelstat theory perception is a structured totality made of ideas, memories and suggestions and the works by Freya Douglas Morris seem to follow this complex thought.
They are elaborated weaves of signs and coloured sedimentations, fragmented on deliberately rarefied surfaces. Painting, determined, makes recognizable shapes or graphic elements suggested only by tonal outlines and light modulation. As the field of view, the double image merges into one and the image architecture is a set of slips, translations and memory traces.
A fragile outcome, resting on laconic and heterogeneous surfaces where empty spaces and atmospheric and natural suggestions are combined into a set of latent tensions.
The interior space that is described is always circumscribed, finite and measurable, the outer one is infinite, immeasurable pure extension; the imagination, absorbed by experiences, travels, books, newspaper clippings and sources never didactic, rests on the canvas, and on its excluded space, with the same inconsistency of a dream.
Douglas-Morris painting is a narrative fluid that tells stories of people and places made abstract by geometric divertissement. Connections to reality blend together with imagination describing suspended tales made of primordial symbolism and mnemonic references.
Freya Dougla-Morris. London 1980. Lives and works in London
Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2014 Studiolo #11 - one place or another, Studiolo Project, Milan; 2013 Painting Show, MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London; 2012 Passing Through Landscape, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden
Selected Group Exhibitions: 2014 The Catlin Guide Exhibition, London; 2013 New Sensations 2013, Saatchi Gallery & Channel 4, London, Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London, Selected Works from the RCA Show, Christie’s, London, Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, See Think Different, Drawing Room Projects, London, Big Rock Candy Mountain, MOT International Projects, London, Secret Postcards, Royal College of Art, London; 2012 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London; 2011 Secret Postcards, Royal College of Art, London, Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, Women's Lines, La Pan Gallery, Shanghai, Taken Away, Exmouth Market, London, RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
All images Freya Douglas-Morris, Studiolo 11, 2014, Spazio Cabinet Milan - Courtesy Spazio Cabinet Milan - Photo Filippo Armellin
The exhibition is curated by Maria Chiara Valacchi
Thursday and Friday 4.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Or by appointment