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b. 1965, Canada

Callum Morton Biography

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commission flats, to bulletholed Screens, Awnings and Monuments that memorialise the serial deaths of capitalism and outdated forms of modernity, Morton’s works present a melancholic urban archaeology.

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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. 

Callum Morton Featured Artworks

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The Prop #1 by Callum Morton contemporary artwork
Callum MortonThe Prop #1, 2020pencil on paper
56.5 x 45 cm
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The Daily Grind (after JLG) by Callum Morton contemporary artwork
Callum MortonThe Daily Grind (after JLG), 2020pencil on paper
45.5 x 56 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Fin by Callum Morton contemporary artwork
Callum MortonFin, 2020Pencil on paper
45.5 x 56 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
The Prop #2 by Callum Morton contemporary artwork
Callum MortonThe Prop #2, 2020pencil on paper
56.5 x 45 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Monster's Ball #2 by Callum Morton contemporary artwork
Callum MortonMonster's Ball #2, 2020pencil on paper
45.5 x 56 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
Monster's Ball #3 by Callum Morton contemporary artwork
Callum MortonMonster's Ball #3, 2020pencil on paper
45.5 x 56 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
The Hole Story by Callum Morton contemporary artwork
Callum MortonThe Hole Story, 2020pencil on paper
45.5 x 56 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery
The End #2 by Callum Morton contemporary artwork
Callum MortonThe End #2, 2020polyurethane, timber, steel, glass, synthetic polymer paint, lights, sound
240 x 360 x 50 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Contact Gallery

Callum Morton Recent Exhibitions

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