CHALLENGE TO VISION,PERCEPTION,EMOTION
DAYLIGHT-DARKNIGHT:THE FULL MINTY. PAINTINGS AND PRINTS BY ROGER MORRIS
AND MARIANNE MUGGERIDGE.
ATHENE STUDIOS GALLERY, GREYTOWN, NOV. 27-DEC
by James Mack
(The Wairarapa Gallery Newsletter Dec 98-Jan99. ISSN1173-6224)
Roger Morris has obviously in
recent times had a vasectomy. Anyone who received an invitation to the
Athene show ought to have been flocking here. My response to Roger was
that its bigger than I thought it was at every level, and as someone who
has just gone through a bit of surgery in the genital area, I can
affirm that it hurts - it really hurts. Morris's vasectomy painting says
some good things in paint in a really different way to Muggeridge - his is an
extremely butch picture.
Then there was a small monoprint self-portrait by Morris which I
understand was done on silver foil. This had the same brooding intensity
as the vasectomy work. It was deeply troubling to me, the kind of
picture which is difficult to engage with because the engagement tells
you a lot of things about your own insecurities. Its good art happening
in that way - really intense, manic,and magic.
This was another show of quality work from Taranaki with which we have
been blessed as it comes from that province to Greytown.