Jenny Morgan and David Mramor "Civil Union"

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Civil Union featurs the individual and collaborative works by Jenny Morgan and David Mramor. To someone encountering their individual works, Morgan's meticulously psychological portraits and Mramor's intuition driven photo/paintings would not appear so perfectly complimentary. And yet, once combined, they fit so precisely, each artist making the other stronger.

Morgan's portraits are tightly controlled photorealistic renderings of people known very well to the artist. She often scrapes away areas of the figures, revealing both the layers of technique and the metaphorical flesh of her subjects. Morgan's works are at the very pinnacle of planning, discipline, and control in the service of emotional clarity, tied quite specifically to the individuals she depicts.

Mramor's hybrid paintings are alchemical combinations of photography and painting. Reacting to digitally manipulated imagery printed onto canvas, Mramor "corrects" the images by adding layers of intuitive marks in many media, recently even including collage. The marks have a wild quality, seeming almost random at first encounter, but there is a deep formal intelligence and perverse beauty to Mramor's works; they are absolutely fearless.

Worked by each artist in several turns, the collaborative works are built in layers of intervention and invention. The Apollonian Morgan and Dionysian Mramor inform each other's input while respectfully resisting each other's positions. The artists talk of these collaborations as an exercise in trust, giving up personal ego and control, as well as a way to use each other as a tool, performing a partially-outsourced creative act.

Jenny Morgan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1982.

David Mramor was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio in 1984.

Both Jenny Morgan and David Mramor work at Marilyn Minter Studio and currently live and work in Brooklyn, NY.



from November 13, 2009 to December 13, 2009

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