Matt Morris at ADDS DONNA / Chicago, IL

Matt Morris / Madame Web

April 6—May 5, 2018

3252 W. North Avenue

Chicago, IL 60647

Photos by: Holly Murkerson

For the past several years, Matt Morris has been making paintings of paintings by conceptual artist Sherrie Levine. After numerous public exhibitions of works that directly referenced or quoted from other artists’ practices, Levine began making abstract paintings without specific source material in 1985. That same year, Morris was born as an identical conjoined twin, and was separated from his twin four days after birth. Considering the interruption of Levine’s dialogical method of production at the time of his birth, Morris aims to hold forms of memory and history together. Melancholy, object loss, and other psychoanalytic forms support this inquiry. He has constructed an archive of source references to Levine’s painting practice and reenacts the paintings at the same scale and in the same materials that Levine used previously.

Matt Morris is an artist, writer, and sometimes curator based in Chicago. He analyzes forms of attachment and intimacy through painting, perfume, photography, and institutional critique. He has presented artwork at Adds Donna, The Bike Room, Gallery 400, The Franklin, peregrineprogram, Queer Thoughts, Sector 2337, and Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, IL; The Mary + Leigh Block Museum of Art in Evanston, IL; The Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, IL; Fjord and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; The Contemporary Arts Center, U·turn Art Space, Aisle, and semantics in Cincinnati, OH; Clough-Hanson Gallery and Beige in Memphis, TN; Permanent.Collection in Austin, TX; Cherry + Lucic in Portland, OR; The Poor Farm in Manawa, WI; with additional projects in Reims, France; Greencastle, IN; Lincoln, NE; and Baton Rouge, LA. Morris is a transplant from southern Louisiana who holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and earned an MFA in Art Theory + Practice from Northwestern University, as well as a Certificate in Gender + Sexuality Studies. In Summer 2017 he earned a Certification in Fairyology from Doreen Virtue, PhD. He is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a contributor to, ARTnews, Art Papers, Flash Art, Pelican Bomb, and Sculpture; and his writing appears in numerous exhibition catalogues and artist monographs.