08.12.16 – 29.01.17
Stop Lookin’ At Photographs! comprises a series of small-scale assemblages from recent years by Derry-based artist Locky Morris. Featuring a range of new and unseen work, the exhibition focuses, in part, on an almost obsessive interplay of the photographic image within his practice.
Morris’s work often tends to reflect on the complexities and intricacies of his immediate terrain, touching on a broad range of subjects, from the highly personal and familial to the political. Renowned for his early work that explicitly dealt with The Troubles in Northern Ireland, Morris has also received acclaim for his quietly powerful and intimate work, infused with a dark wit and often triggered by the detritus and abject in the everyday. Manipulating material/s in surprising ways, he produces objects that at first may seem ordinary, but gain importance as layered narratives unfold to the viewer.
Morris has exhibited both regionally and internationally, with solo exhibitions at Context Gallery, Derry, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, and Mannheimer Kunstverein, Germany, and group shows at Ex Elettrofonica, Rome, the Museum for Contemporary Art, Belgrade, the Czech Museum of Fine Arts, Prague, the Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Farmleigh House, Dublin. In 2016 Morris received the Irish American Cultural Institute’s O’Malley Award for Art.
In addition to his gallery-based practice – in which he works across a variety of media – Morris has made numerous works and interventions in the public realm. He is also a recording and performing musician and songwriter.