Callum Morton is a well-established Melbourne artist with a significant international profile who works with architecture, modernism and the emotional and social impact of built spaces. From early drawings of fires and explosions on housing commission flats, to bulletholed Screens, Awnings and Monuments that memorialise the serial deaths of capitalism and outdated forms of modernity, Morton’s works present a melancholic urban archaeology.Read More
Callum Morton salvages fragments and alters them through camouflage, destruction, the overlaying of sound, and changes of scale, location and material. The highly ambivalent objects that result make us think about the relationship between art and life, history and the present, and look again at the ubiquitous structures we see but rarely notice.
Often visually impenetrable, Morton’s fragments of modernity are subject to a variety of destructive forces that stop short of obliterating their targets. He uses cinematic or theatrical means – lights, sound and action – to dramatise the messy experience of living that modernism represses. A heartbeat stops and then starts again, a woman screams but the party rolls on, walls or screens are smashed but still hold up. Fakery, mimicry and automation are used to comic effect, deflecting our anxiety about the life they hint at behind his walls and surfaces.
Callum Morton has represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2007, undertaken major public commissions for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Eastlink Freeway, Monash University Museum of Art, and designed a café/pavilion for Fundament Foundation, The Netherlands.
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" Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." George Bernard Shaw In 1879, a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval began building an esoteric homage to the beauty of sandstone. On one of his postal rounds, Cheval came across small pieces of...
The giant half-head, with unmistakable orange skin, white-blond hair-do and shaggy eyebrows seems almost to grow out of the paving.
Sydney Contemporary, Australia's largest international art fair, has teamed up with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to unveil three giant art installations by top, internationally recognised artists Callum Morton, Mel O'Callaghan and Cameron Robbins.
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