• Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    Untitled (#06-13)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    87 x 80 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    Untitled (#09-13)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    67 x 65 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    Untitled (#10-13)
    2013
    oil on canvas
    42 x 42 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    101-13
    2013
    watercolor on paper
    24 x 18 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    105-13
    2013
    watercolor on paper
    24 x 18 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    227-12
    2012
    watercolor on paper
    16 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    162-12
    2012
    watercolor on paper
    16 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    179-11
    2011
    watercolor on paper
    20 x 14 1/4 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    126-10
    2010
    watercolor on paper
    16 x 12 1/4 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    169-10
    2010
    watercolor on paper
    24 x 18 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    123-03
    2003
    ink and watercolor on paper
    16 x 12 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    145-06
    2006
    ink and watercolor on paper
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

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  • Rebecca Morris
    152-03
    2003
    ink on paper
    20 x 15 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    152-02
    2002
    watercolor on paper
    24 x 18 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    172-02
    2002
    ink and watercolor on paper
    20 x 15 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    219-01
    2001
    ink on paper
    9 x 12 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    157-02
    2002
    ink and watercolor on paper
    13 x 17 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    248-01
    2001
    ink and watercolor on paper
    15 x 10 inches

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  • Rebecca Morris
    133-97
    1997
    watercolor on paper
    12 x 9 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    119-00
    2000
    ink on paper
    24 x 18 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    103-97
    1997
    watercolor on paper
    12 x 9 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    128-99
    1999
    ink and watercolor on paper
    12 x 9 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    126-99
    1999
    ink on paper
    12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

  • Installation view of Party Cut

  • Rebecca Morris
    106-95
    1995
    gouache on paper
    14 x 11 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    164-94
    1994
    gouache and watercolor on paper
    12 x 9 inches

  • Rebecca Morris
    188-00
    2000
    ink on paper
    11 x 13 1/4 inches


PRESS RELEASE

 

Opening reception at the gallery on Friday, September 6th, from 5:00–8:00pm.

Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to open the fall season with Party Cut, an exhibition of work by Rebecca Morris.

Based in her hometown of Los Angeles, Morris is an abstract painter of uncommon inventive powers.  Her large canvases incorporate drawn elements—linear gesture, repetitive line, intimations of depth—but in a distinctly painterly manner, with great sensitivity to facture and tonality.  Indeed, drawing has always been a significant part of Morris’s process; she periodically takes time out to execute a body of drawings, and these highly coloristic works refresh and inspire her painting.  In her first exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Morris presents several stunning new paintings, contrasted with a survey of drawings dating back to the period in the mid 1990s, when she had just graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Dazzling and often quite humorous, Morris’s drawings show her special manner of using formal means to prod and pry at other kinds of meaning, be they connotative, emotional, or literal.  Blocks of color, splatter, loose grids of varying line weight, washes and deft use of resist, occasional words and dates spelled in sweeping strokes – these are works that span available techniques and materials for potency and deliver the goods.  The paintings are utterly delicious, compiling fragments into a constellation or luring with the possibility of resolution, then holding out, like a dissonant last chord.

Rebecca Morris’s recent exhibitions include Southafternoon, at Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany (traveling to Bonnefanten Museum, Maastrict, Holland in 2014) and an upcoming solo show at LAXART in L.A.  In 2005, she was the subject of a major solo show at the Renaissance Society; this is her first exhibition in Chicago since then.