Morgan Herrin, untitled (detail), 2010. photo courtesy ADA Gallery
Meticulously hand-carved wood sculpture is a rare commodity these days, but Dallas born and Richmond based artist Morgan Herrin successfully creates stunning work using undeniable skills and a distinctive, surprising style creating these masterpieces from construction grade 2x4's. Herrin's sculptures demand the better part of a year to create, and his newest piece is no exception. With this considerable investment & devotion given to each piece He is able to reach a level of detail and sophistication not typically found in wood sculpture.
This will be our sixth exhibition in our new ground level space in Chelsea. Mulherin Pollard Projects is a collaboration between John Pollard (ADA Gallery - Richmond,Virginia) and Katharine Mulherin (Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects - Toronto)
untitled (detail), 2010 Untitled, 2010 (knight) is the product of the combination of two subjects: 15th centuryplate armor, and geological cave structure. Studied separately, these two subjectsare completely unrelated. The man made geometric precision of plate armor is formally opposite of the flowing, organic stalactites and stalagmites. Seen together, these two parts present a striking contrast in form and create a theme of time and the effects of nature. The pose of the figure and the general composition are references to the classical sculpture "The Dying Gaul" of Roman antiquity. Rendered entirely in laminated construction-grade 2 by 4's, the material itself irreverently contradicts this classical allusion, and at the same time draws attention to our own culture's reliance on the fast, cheap, and impermanent. - Morgan Herrin
Nov 4 - Nov 30, 2010. ADA Gallery, 228 West Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23220 USA - www.adagallery.com
Morgan Herrin; Untitled (detail), 2010. photo courtesy ADA Gallery