“Every night several hundred thousand Christchurch inhabitants sleep; and most of them will dream, even if they have no memory of the fact. What, following the ruin of our city, will they see?
2000 Grounds For Error
gestures to the territory of the dream, to the aberrant, the elusive vision seen from the corner of the eye.
And given that our landscape has recently changed beyond words, it makes sense for the artist to catalogue the dreaming of her eye and hand in this show of cryptic objects, objects that slyly enumerate where Cantabrians have been over the last three years and where we might go next.
Which is not to say that Julia Morison’s latest work is driven by a specifics of place. But its challenge to the ethics of framing, its deep affinities with the shadow side of the folk-tale and its refusal to tell it straight, means that these disorienting, near monochrome productions perversely locate themselves on the edges of chaos and ruin...”
From “I Spy With My Errant Eye: 51 Views For A City”, the catalogue essay by Anna Smith for Julia Morison’s 2000 Grounds For Error
, first shown by Two Rooms, Auckland, in July/August 2013.
Press release courtesy Jonathan Smart Gallery.