Saturday, December 12, 2 - 4 pm
Please join us for the official publication launch of Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry. Produced by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (UBC) in collaboration with Black Dog Publishing (UK), this richly illustrated book includes essays by Jamie Hilder, David MacWilliam, Michael Turner, Scott Watson and William Wood, and features a chronology of Morris’ prolific practice from the mid-1960s onwards. The long-awaited publication follows the Belkin’s 2012 exhibition of the same name, which focused on Morris’ famous 1969 series of large-scale paintings with inserted mirrors – the artist’s last paintings until the 1980s. As with the show, the book presents Morris’ paintings in the context of contemporaneous examples of Concrete Poetry, a practice that influenced the artist and catalyzed his move into other forms of art making such as sculpture, photography and performance.
Michael Morris and exhibition co-curator and contributor Scott Watson will be in attendance. Special launch pricing will be in effect.
The event will include a one-day only display of some of Morris’ works from the 1960s. The presentation will also include City Deluxe, the artist’s 2012 edition of prints based on a series of classic black and white images originally composed in 1968.