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JAMEY

MORRILL

LARVAE


LARVAE by JAMEY MORRILL is comprised of sculptural forms made from plastic bottles, monofilament, and drywall screws. These odd, yet beautifully translucent and luminous forms resemble tightly wound chrysalides seemingly in a dormant state. "In our culture, mass production of products appears similar to the reproductive strategy of insects – where risk and cost are spread thin as gossamer over many to assure the advancement of a few,” notes Morrill. Copyright © Yellow Peril Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island All Photographs © Jamey Morrill / Inside Photo: Emma Fague


LARVAE, 2012, Jamey Morrill LARVAE, a sculpture installation by Jamey Morrill at Yellow Peril, consists of mundane, seemingly benign materials that collectively become imposing and uncanny. Jamey Morrill is a Providence-based sculptor and adjunct professor of art at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. In recent years Morrill’s sculpture has become increasingly sprawling and site-specific, with emphasis on mass-produced materials and organic forms. Often using commonplace materials, such as plastic bottles, chicken wire, and duct tape, Morrill constructs sculptures that are outwardly cerebral and systematic but that are fundamentally random and irrational. Morrill recently completed a residency at Fountainhead in Miami and was nominated for the Rappaport Prize from the DeCordova Museum in 2010 and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant in 2009. Previous select solo and group exhibitions include: Locust Projects, Miami (2011 & 2012), Curfman Gallery at Colorado State University (2011), Maya Allison Projects (2010), Aqua Art Fair, Miami (2009) and David Winton Bell Gallery (2005). He received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2002 and his B.A in Art History from Bowdoin College in 1992. C L I E N T. C R S PO R TF O L I O TE MPL ATE WE B. w w w. c r sin d e signte m p late s. co m

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LARVAE 001, 2012 Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws 22" L x 15" W x 18" H 2.1 lbs | $1,239

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Yellow Peril Gallery Curator Robert P. Stack delves deeper into the mind of Jamey Morrill to gain more insight into the origin of LARVAE.

What first drew you to large-scale installation work? I don’t recall making a conscious decision to build large installation sculpture. I think there must have been a collision of factors involved/ My first sculpture instructor, Imi Hwangbo, was an ambitious, young artist whose work was often sprawling. In class Imi showed slides of similarly large-scale sculpture projects by other artists. She invited guest speakers such as Patrick Dougherty and Joe Seipel, whose art was not merely large-scaled, but also odd or witty or unclassifiable. The lasting lesson I drew from Imi’s class was the wide-open, even lawless, nature of sculpture. To me sculpture seemed at once a laboratory and playground. Even now, sculpture feels liberating to me – a room without walls. Apart from Imi’s influence on my early development, there was an energy and enthusiasm I felt at age 27 of having finally found what I wanted to do with my life. Perhaps I possessed a suppressed energy that was suddenly released. Maybe this translated most naturally into big projects rather than modestly-sized objects.

Your work seems to address a juxtaposition of assumed opposites, such as strange almost negative forms assembled from mundane everyday objects. How did you get interested in this sort of dialogue? I wish I could say that I were a systematic thinker. My choices as an artist are not deliberate in the way the arguments of a philosopher are. I am continually drawn to mundane, mass-produced materials in a visceral way. I do not choose a material because I see it as a vehicle for some argument I am trying to build, but because I respond to it emotionally. Many times people have seen politics in my sculpture, which is possible, but not intentional on my part.

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With the Larvae series, there appears to be this comparison drawn between natural organic process and man-made mass-produced industrialization. Can you expound upon this coupling of what is often assumed to be polar opposites? I feel there is a tension that results from the juxtaposition of outwardly dissimilar or opposing materials. In Larvae, for instance, there is a combination of plastic bottles and drywall screws. Normally, this combination would result in a failure of the bottle, and likely, a mess. But in Larvae the screws act as an anchorage for the monofilament, which binds the bottle forms together. Despite making the construction of the forms possible, the drywall screws are undeniably aggressive, even violent in appearance. For me this dual quality of the drywall screws rings true. This quality applies to nature and culture, though we often prefer a sanitized view of the world – where there is harmony and no discord, and where there is a clear line between man and wild nature. This view would shift, I expect, and perhaps also our self-image, if we suddenly had to slaughter an animal for our next meal. So, as sterile as a plastic bottle may be, it is nonetheless derived from ancient, decomposed marine plants and animals, now buried deep below ground. Maybe, then, it is not a such a stretch to envision a plastic bottle reborn as something alive, such as an insect larva.


LARVAE 002, 2012 Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws 28" L x 14" W x 15" H 2.1 lbs | $1,239

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LARVAE 003, 2012 Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws 36" L x 11" W x 15" H 2.8 lbs | $1,652

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LARVAE 004, 2012

LARVAE 005, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

24" L x 18" W x 22" H

22" L x 13" W x 16" H

2.5 lbs | $1,475

2.0 lbs | $1,180


LARVAE 006, 2012

LARVAE 007, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

24" L x 13" W x 15" H

26" L x 15" W x 14" H

2.0 lbs | $1,180

2.4 lbs | $1,416


LARVAE 032, 2012 Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws 29" L x 18" W x 19" H 3.3 lbs | $1,947

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There is a certain minimalist approach in terms of palette, materials and forms. What inspires this? I am fascinated by the idea that an oak tree can spring from an acorn, or an immense Bach Fugue from a single musical idea. I once read that the first job of the artist is to establish a small set of rules and restrictions. The second job is to exhaust those rules and limits. This is always the way I have proceeded. Limits are liberating. Have you ever seen the home-made soccer balls children use in impoverished, rural Africa? They are more imaginative, inventive, and exuberant than anything I’ve seen in Chelsea lately.

How is your current work evolving from past successes? Well, as a rule, I am trying to compress my work, that is, to work smaller. I am interested to find out if I can make smaller pieces without losing the intensity and ambition of earlier installations. So, yes, I am trying to have it both ways. I want to continue the unruly and playful nature of previous sculpture projects while working on the wall at a modest scale. Larvae is perhaps my last tango with the large format. But who knows? I have another idea I want to explore. It involves a large outdoor site, sound, and lights. So, in short, I am not truly reformed.


LARVAE 008, 2012

LARVAE 009, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

23" L x 16: W x 15" H

19" L x 13" W x 14" H

2.3 lbs | $1,357

1.8 lbs | $1,062


LARVAE 010, 2012

LARVAE 011, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

30" L x 13" W x 16" H

27" L x 13" W x 16" H

2.5 lbs | $1,475

2.4 lbs | $1,416


LARVAE 012, 2012

LARVAE 013, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

12" L x 19" W x 19"

25" L x 11" W x 18" H

2.5 lbs | $1,475

1.9 lbs | $1,121

LARVAE 014, 2012

LARVAE 015, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

21" L x 15" W x 15" H

27" L x 18" W x 21" H

1.9 lbs | $1,121

2.6 lbs | $1,534

LARVAE 016, 2012

LARVAE 017, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

21" L x 12" W x 14" H

23" L x 13" W x 15" H

1.9 lbs | $1,121

2.2 lbs | $1,298

LARVAE 018, 2012

LARVAE 020, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

24" L x 14" W x 15" H

27" L x 13" W x 15" H

2.3 lbs | $1,357

2.3 lbs | $1,357

LARVAE 021, 2012

LARVAE 022, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

25" L x 12" W x 15" H

19" L x 12" W x 17" H

2.0 lbs | $1,180

1.9 lbs | $1,121


LARVAE 019, 2012 Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws 26" L x 13" W x 16" H 2.3 lbs | $1,357

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LARVAE 028, 2012 Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws 32" L x 14" W x 28" H 2.3 lbs | $1,357

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LARVAE 023, 2012

LARVAE 024, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

24" L x 19" W x 18" H

20" L x 12" W x 14" H

2.3 lbs | $1,357

1.7 lbs | $1,003

LARVAE 025, 2012

LARVAE 026, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

22" L x 13" W x 14" H

22" L x 16" W x 15" H

1.8 lbs | $1,062

2.3 lbs | $1,357

LARVAE 027, 2012

LARVAE 029, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

33" L x 17" W x 18" H

26" L x 16" W x 16" H

2.6 lbs | $1,534

2.2 lbs | $1,298

LARVAE 030, 2012

LARVAE 031, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

20" L x 14" W x 14" H

20" L x 15" W x 15" H

1.9 lbs | $1,121

1.8 lbs | $1,062

LARVAE 033, 2012

LARVAE 034, 2012

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws

25" L x 19" W x 16" H

20"L x 12" W x 12" H

3.1 lbs | $1,829

1.3 lbs | $767


LARVAE 035, 2012 Plastic Bottles, Monofilament Line, Dry-Wall Screws 18" L x 16" W x 17" H 1.8 lbs | $1,062

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LARVAE © 2012 Yellow Peril Gallery Artworks © Jamey Morrill All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher EDITOR Robert P. Stack PUBLISHER Yellow Peril Gallery 60 Valley Street #5 Providence, RI 02909 yellowperilgallery.com PRODUCTION + DESIGN Yellow Peril Gallery PHOTOGRAPHY Jamey Morill Emma Fague: p. 3 INTERVIEW COLLECT, Winter 2012 LARVAE at Yellow Peril Gallery Exhibition Dates: 11/15/12 - 12/09/12 PRINTED IN USA

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