Abelardo Morell at SAIC

03.22.10

Abelardo Morell: Artist Talk
Thursday, March 25 at 6pm
Columbus Auditorium
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 S. Columbus Drive
FREE ADMISSION

“The room has been darkened with black plastic. Only a small hole at one end lets in the light. Through this hole, an image of the world beyond enters upside down and settles on the opposite wall, to hang above the chairs or streak across the bed. You are inside a spacious, primitive camera, a camera obscura. The physics of light that causes this projection has been known since Aristotle; it fascinated and terrified audiences in the 16th century; painters employed it in the seventeenth century to enhance the verisimilitude of their work.”
-Yale Review

“[He] transports visitors to a topsy-turvy world where exterior spaces are projected onto interior walls, often upside-down. A thicket of trees hangs like clouds in a Manhattan apartment; a view of the Grand Canal cuts a near-diagonal swath through a room in Venice … in some instances, the outside overpowers the inside, leaving only a trace of the actual interior space.”
-New York Times

“Abelardo Morell’s camera transforms the recesses of the world into something even more shadowy. The fact that what he finds in these shadows is quite ordinary – books, kids’ toys, a paper bag – makes the results magically disorienting”
-Los Angeles Times

Morell and his family fled Cuba in 1962, moving to New York City. Morell earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College in 1977, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art in 1981. He received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bowdoin in 1997. Morell was awarded the Cintas Foundation fellowship in 1992 and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1993. Morell is currently a professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art.

– via The Parlor Room

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