Pard Morrison - Drowning in Sound

Pard Morrison

The combination of repetitive geometric form and color in Pard Morrison’s work creates an alluring rhythmic harmony of structure and surface. Psychologically, says the artist, the repetitive segmentation of form is similar to dissected time and is intended to evoke the soothing effect of prayer and ritual. The painterly surfaces represent humanness, or spirit, transcending corporeal weight and strict containment in bodily form.

Morrison’s fabricated aluminum pieces are hybrids of painting and sculpture—a blurring of sculptural and painterly conventions—and, in particular, a hybrid of the two most powerful early influences on his work: Donald Judd’s rectilinear, minimalist sculptures and Agnes Martin’s ethereal, though also minimalist, grid paintings.