Sarah Morris, Department of Water and Power (Los Angeles), 2004, Industrielack auf Feuerschutztür, MdM Mönchsberg
Sarah Morris, Department of Water and Power (Los Angeles), 2004, Industrielack auf Feuerschutztür, MdM Mönchsberg
Sarah Morris, Department of Water and Power (Los Angeles), 2004, Industrielack auf Feuerschutztür, MdM Mönchsberg

Sarah Morris - Department of Water and Power

In her paintings and videos, Sarah Morris uses a linear, architecture-related language. She intensively explores the environment of man, his (social) structure and (de)coding systems. Morris is preoccupied with signs and symbols used in advertising and media, and she uses these themes in her works by transposing them into "text paintings” with letters in bright and garish colours on canvas inspired by American Pop Art. Sarah Morris’ latest works are a series of five work complexes, each of which is dedicated to a specific city:  New York, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Miami and Los Angeles. Her geometric, colour-coordinated paintings are inspired by the geometric abstraction of Piet Mondrian and transformed into a more multi-faceted language which is adjusted to the contemporary speed of perception. In her film oeuvre the American artist translates this abstract semiotics into rapid, direct images of the individual cities. Jan Winkelmann has referred to Sarah Morris‘ works as „semiotics of surface“. In her latest works depicting Los Angeles Sarah Morris goes beyond the investigation of superficial structures and juxtaposes this structure with internal visions, the psyche of a city: The paintings referring to Los Angeles are symbols for its urban layout, but also an allusion to its complex, bureaucratic social structures.

 


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