In “Heads and Torsos” Joel Morrison finds a refreshing way to explore a new territory in formalist sculpture through the employment of a range of contemporary references from sci-fi, animation and graffiti. Morrison employs a range of materials including resins, fiberglass, and cast aluminum but in the service of an erratic irreverent aesthetic.
Morrison combines fluid and jerky contours in organic/machine, anthropomorphic/technomorphic forms giving the impression of skins stretched over moving parts pushing from inside out. His sculptures are the result of a process in which the artist cobbles together discarded cans and random found objects and wraps them in layers of foam and tape. The shapes are then cast or entombed in fiberglass.