I can be reached at heartmattmorris (at) gmail (dot) com


8.1.18


CURRENTLY

Let the Fancy
September 27 –  October 18, 2018
Opening Reception: September 27, 5:30–8:00pm
Curated by Allison Lacher and Jeff Robinson
University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery
Matt Morris, Rose Nestler, Sherwin Ovid, Preetika Rajgariah, and Elise Warfield

Mugs
Thursday, September 27
Curated by Tyson Reeder
Club Nutz
418 N Clark St., 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60654
Olivia Blanchard, Melissa Brown, Ryan Travis Christian, Jacob Ciocci, Mari Eastman, Joe Grillo, Richard Hull, April Jinn,
José Lerma, Bill Lily, Pentti Monkkonen, Matt Morris, Annie Pearlman, Scott Reeder, Nick Schutzenhoffer, Chloe Siebert





RECENTLY

Matt Morris: Splitsville smells like irises
August 3 – September 9, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, August 3, 6–9pm
Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York
1329 Willoughby Ave #2A, Brooklyn NY 11237
Hours: Sat and Sun 1pm - 6pm and by appointment
An installation by Matt Morris that includes work by Christopher Backs, Lise Haller Baggesen,
Rashayla Marie Brown, Angela Davis Fegan, Alejandro Jiménez-Flores, Lee Godie, Kelly Lloyd,
James Morris, Aay Preston-Myint, Alan Reid, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Clara Ursitti


My Vicious Throbbing Heart
Group exhibition
Curated by Risa Puleo
Claire Arctander & Latham Zearfoss, Anna Betbeze, Leidy Churchman, Anne Cousineau, Keltie Ferris,
Matt Morris, Carrie Moyer, Lisi Raskin, Sigrid Sandstrӧm, Laurel Sparks, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung
Franklin Street Works
41 Franklin Street
Stamford, CT 06901
May 26, 2018 – September 9, 2018

The Dangerous Professors
Group Exhibition
Curated by Ruslana Lichtzier
Flatland Gallery
1709 Westheimer Rd Houston, Texas 77098
May 3 – 27, 2018
 

Sashay With and Without History
Group exhibition
Curated by Holly + Zachary Cahill
Sara Black and Amber Ginsburg, Pierre Huyghe, Nabiha Khan-Giordano, Matt Morris, and Silke Otto-Knapp
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago
319 N Albany Ave, Chicago IL 60612
June 4–July 15, 2017
 

Blue Mirror
Solo exhibition
Obst
1801 S Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60608
May 13–June 3, 2017

The works in this exhibition consider the complex ways that the personal and social are given shape, often in overlapping, contingent configurations. Each object serves as a touchstone along a range of formative years in my life; taken together, memory gives way to a tenderly psychosexual series of associations.    
 

Three One-on-Ones
Mel Bochner, Jessica Campbell, Matt Morris, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Kaylee Rae Wyant
Curated by Magalie Guérin
Macanich Arts Center
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 60137
(Park in lot Fawell A)
April 15–June 11, 2017

A grouping of my monochrome paintings will be exhibited interspersed with polaroids by Andy Warhol, alongside similar pairings between Chicago artists and works from the College of DuPage's art collection.
 

It will be more like scratching than writing
Caroline Kent, Sofia Leiby, Suzanne McClelland, Emil Robinson
Curated by Matt Morris

Goldfinch
319 N Albany
Chicago, IL 60612
May 6–June 10, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, May 6, 3–6pm


A Magician, a Soldier, and Two Figures Watching a Burning Skull
 Cherry and Lucic
4077 NE 7th Avenue
Portland, OR 97212
Exhibition opening Saturday, September 17, 6:30–10pm
Exhibition continues by appointment through October 1, 2016


Made Up w/ Danny Volk
Featuring Matt Morris
Season 3, Episode 2
One of my favorite art phenomena is this web series by artist Danny Volk, in which he asks artists and cultural producers to do his makeup while he interviews them. I'm elated to be included in the current season, and my episode recently went live online.


My lecture Attachments + Intimacies that was presented
at the Cranbrook Academy of Art on February 16, 2016, may be viewed online.





WRITING PROJECTS

My Essay "You May Destroy the Body" was published in accompaniment to the exhibition Habeas Corpus, curated by Michael Milano for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art featuring the work of Daniel Baird, Edmund Chia, Jessica Labatte, Kelly Lloyd, and Leah Mackin.
Exhibition continues at IMOCA through September 24.
PDF of essay available here.


My essay "How to Make an American Quilt Painting" is included in the catalogue that accompanies Sanford Biggers' exhibition 'the pasts they brought with them,' at Monique Meloche Gallery.


One of the biggest accomplishments for me in 2015 was realizing the book for The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer. Essays by Steven Matijcio, Gordon Hall, Annie Nocenti, and Steve Reinke, as well as an interview between Matt Morris and the curatorial collective Triple Candie. Designed by Frederick Eschrich and Rob Wilson. The book is available for purchase in Cincinnati at the Contemporary Arts Center, and in Chicago at Western ExhibitionsSector 2337, Shane Campbell Gallery, and Kavi Gupta's Editions bookstore


My essay "An Effect of Power" is included in the catalogue for Finocchio, an exhibition in which I was grateful to be included, curated by Scott Hunter at The Franklin in Chicago's Garfield Park. A digital version of the book is available online, with the print version expected for release later this year.


My essay "Power Up and Party Downer" is included in the stunningly produced Platforms: Ten Years of Chances Dances. Copies are available at Quimby's in Chicago, or you can order a copy here.


My essay "The Reproduction of Certain Scenes" was published in the exhibition brochure for Laura Davis' The Legacy of Loneliness at Threewalls. An extended version of the essay is available online here. Since we've gotten into 2016, Threewalls has been going through difficult times, and I'm honored to have been able to work with their amazing staff on Laura's show.


My essay "Bonus Holes" was included in the catalogue published for Zoe Nelson's fall exhibition at Cleve Carney Gallery at the College of DuPage. Print copies are available from the gallery, and a digital version is available online here.



OLDER NEWS

Aaron Delamatre invited me to contribute a panel to his web comic Dungeon Face, a pick-yr-own-adventure fantasy story that is directed by fan voting on Facebook. Click here to see my contribution.