Michael Morris

Image

1968
In 1969 Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov co-founded Image Bank, an art collective and conceptual vehicle for Mail Art projects that was active until 1974. The inclusion of a postcard motif in Morris' "Classical Façade" foreshadows the influence this artist would have with his Mail Art works on contemporary art in Vancouver. This motif references Morris' previous work with grids, and is an interesting way of mechanically reproducing a painting, taking it from a single "high-art" object to one of popular culture. "Image" is half of a large poster created for the choreographer Helen Goodwin with assistance from other Intermedia artists, whose names were listed in the missing half. The poster was commissioned by Douglas Christmas of the Douglas Gallery (later renamed ACE Gallery when it relocated from Vancouver to Los Angeles). Morris is one of this year's laureates for the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
Title
Image
Date
1968
Medium
Print
Materials
serigraph on ivory wove paper
Dimensions
90.2 x 68.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Transfer from the Canadian Government Expositions Centre, Ottawa, 1977
Accession number
42939