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Matt Morris. Advanced Potions, 2019
Perfumes, family, potions, essences, spells, elixirs, chosen family, tinctures, anointing oils, casein paint medium, friendships, social networks, velvet, foam
Display fabricated by Christopher Lee Hare

1. Twelve anointing oils that Matt Morris’ father, Butch Morris, received as a gift six months before he died in June 2018. In the 1980s, Butch’s Baptist church split over disagreements about whether fragrant anointing oils used for prayer was doctrinally sound. He and his family joined a new church where the use of these oils was integral to religious practices.

2. Catalina Ouyangdeath drive joy ride elixir assembled by Matt Morris based on a recipe that Ouyang's mother, Jie Li, inherited from her own parents.  E jiao (donkey hide gelatin), Cabernet Savignon, rock sugar, chrysanthemum, hibiscus, noble dendrobium flowers, hawthorn berries, cordyceps mushrooms, white fungus, ginseng, ginger, dried jujubes, shan zha pian (hawthorn candies), rosemary, lychee jelly

3. Michael J. Morris. Love spell, 2018. Patchouli, almond, musk, vanilla, cinnamon. Formula based on spell in Phyllis Curott’s The Love Spell: An Erotic Memoir of Spiritual Awakening. New York: Gotham Books, 2005.

4. Josh Dihle. Casein paint medium, hand-mixed March 2019 
Cottage cheese, water, ammonia 

5. Babs Forever Yours perfume bottle, ca. 1930s, New York

6. Rhonda WheatleyCure Bottle for self-misconception. 
Brings one’s consciousness into soul-level awareness of the self
, 2019
Found perfume bottle, pink sand, pink Himalayan salt, lavender, helichrysum flowers, calendula flowers, moss, other dried flower petals.

7. Kiam Marcelo Junio / Mahal Healing Arts. Personalized aromatherapy blend gifted to the artist, December 2018
Camellia Seed (Camellia oleifera), Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), Baobab (Adansonia digitata), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), French Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia officinalis), Co-distilled Neroli and Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara), Frankincense (Boswellia serrata), Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum), Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Gardenia-Agarwood Attar (Gardenia jasminoides, Aquilaria malaccensis), pyrite, amethyst. 

8. Dori MidnightBoundaries in a Bottle
Witchcrafted with essences of yarrow, spider full moon, rosemary, echinacea, cedar, black tourmaline, citrine, smoky quartz, snowflake, obsidian, stone circle and salt. Essential oils of pine and cedar. Provides radiant protection, clearing, and grounding.
Dori Midnight practices community-based intuitive healing that weaves plant and stone medicine, ancestral and queer magic, and justice work.

9. Liz Moores. Angelique, Eau de Parfum for Papillon Artisan Perfumes, 2014
Fragrance notes: Iris Pallida, Osmanthus, French mimosa, White champac, Orris, Virginian cedarwood, Frankincense
The window in Matt Morris’ childhood bedroom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana opened onto a flowerbed that contained an abundance of irises and an osmanthus tree his mother planted (also known as the sweet olive tree). 


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Angelique Eau de Parfum by Liz Moores for Papillon Artisan Perfumes, 2014
Fragrance worn by participating staff at the DePaul Art Museum for the duration of New Age, New Age. Audiences are also invited to apply Angelique on their own skin.
Fragrance notes: Iris Pallida, Osmanthus, French mimosa, White champac, Orris, Virginian cedarwood, Frankincense

sillage, 2018
Misia by Olivier Polge for Chanel, 2016
Fragrance worn by participating staff at the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery for the duration of Let the Fancy.
Fragrance notes: Violet, iris, aldehydes, lychee, Grasse rose, Turkish rose, peach, raspberry, Laotian benzoin, tonka bean, vanilla, mimosa, sandalwood, leather, musk




florencio sketch updated 7.7.18
Made for Alejandro Jiménez-Flores' exhibition flowers always... at Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fragrance notes: Wet earth, aldehydes, coriander, nutmeg, hedione, synthetic geranium, silk flowers, green stems, tuberose, narcissus, orris tincture, musk, labdanum, vetiver, chicory




Matt Morris. 'Copycat Killer,' 2017,
Four hand-blended eau de parfum based on fragrances worn by the artist, his twin, his mother and his father.
Worn during gallery hours by the four Julius Caesar directors or substitutes they have selected when they are unable to be at the gallery.

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The Just Dessert, 2017
Limited edition Eau de Parfum in recovered Devon milk glass
Fragrance notes: sugared violet, marshmallow, fizz, powder, last bites, root of orris, roof of mouth, heavy cream, jasmine, labdanum, dried petals, yeast, benzoin, vanilla, musk, dust, residue of text works written for the perfume by Reid Drake, Kelsey Harrison, Evan Kleekamp, and Rhonda Wheatley



Nick Hill, Model’s Changing Room, Painting Studio Fourth Floor North, 2017
Parfum, vial
Fragrance notes: Neroli, lily, celery seed, Saint John’s Wort, jasmine, immortelle, palo santo, labdanum, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, soft musk

Tony the Guard, Freight Elevator, 2017
Parufm, vial
Fragrance notes: Sweat, milk, toasted grain, toffee, grease, locker room, labdanum, synthetic ambergris, cedar, civet, musk

Alex Schempp, Lower Level Lavatory, 2017
Parfum, vial
Fragrance notes: Apricot, hedione, cherry blossom, body, sugar, pear, citrus, ylang ylang, fenugreek, hay, tuberose, vetiver, synthetics, powdery musk


Impression of Angel, 2017
Instyle Fragrances™ spray cologne imitation of Mugler Angel perfume
Fragrance notes: Patchouli, honey, praline, tonka bean, vanilla, bergamot, pineapple, red berries, nutmeg, cocoa, coumarin


Our Moment Eau de Parfum, One Direction signature celebrity fragrance, fringed printed copy of Douglas Crimp. “The Boys in My Bedroom.” Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002. Print, pp. 151–163.
Fragrance notes: Pink grapefruit, forest fruits, red currant, freesia, jasmine, frangipani, wood, patchouli, musk



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Botrytis Eau de Toilette by Gilles Toledano for Ginestet, 2008
Fragrance worn by Edra Soto, co-director of The Franklin during all receptions and gallery hours associated with the exhibition Finocchio. Remainder of perfume and bottle are returned to the artist after the exhibition.
Fragrance notes: Fruit forward white wine, honey, candied fruits, quince, pain d’epice, white flowers

The White Queen, 2015
Custom harness and collar commissioned by Matt Morris, designed and created by Randall Hill for Dan Sullivan, co-director of The Franklin. Dan wears the harness during the opening reception of Finocchio, after which point it is displayed in the gallery. Following the close of the exhibition, Dan receives the harness and collar as gifts from the artist.
White vinyl, white elastic, metal hardware




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Amour Nocturne Eau de Parfum by Bertrand Duchaufour for L’Artisan Parfumeur, 2013
Fragrance worn by participating Contemporary Arts Center staff members for the duration of The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer
Fragrance notes: Milk, caramel, gun powder, orchid, cedar

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Holygrapie Eau de Toilette by Jun Takahashi for Comme des Garçons x Undercover, 2010
Fragrance worn by participating staff at the Mary + Leigh Block Museum of Art for the duration of Clownflâneur
Fragrance notes: Powder, purple ginger, mandarin, rhubarb, black pepper, iris, incense, ylang ylang, nutmeg, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, styrax, vetiver