2019 SEPTEMBER EXHIBIT
Chris Morrey was born on the Canadian plains and has lived across the mid- and intermountain West in Alberta, Colorado, Illinois and Arizona. He holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University of Missouri, and now teaches sculpture and 3D design at the University of Missouri and operates Dogwood, an artist collective and work space in the North Village Arts District. His fascination with animals and with the found object are reflected in thirty years of drawings and sculptures, with recent work focused on cast bronze and shibuichi depictions of bones. Bird skulls, the focus of this series, are perfectly-formed to travel through the universe, the artist says. He uses their forms to think about their journeys, both through deep, evolutionary time, and within their own lifespans. Morrey acknowledges skulls as vessels, and the contents, the animal mind, as something mysterious and compelling.
2019 SMALL WORKS EXHIBIT
2017 AUTUMN EXHIBIT
Since completing his MFA in 2009, Chris Morrey has been commissioned to create sculptures for the University of Missouri, Columbia City Hall, and The Broadway Hotel, among others, and has exhibited widely across the U.S. Morrey brings two related series to the Autumn Exhibit: small, chimeric, animal gurines, and wood and metal geometric hedra. These series are tangible representations of dynamic and transformative forces of imagination, with all the pieces manifesting either a uidity or mathematical abruptness in space and scale, while marking the pas- sage of time by representing multiple and changing entities captured within a single moment.