Beside the Point: An Exploration in Architecture & Identity

Paintings by Morgan Craig

September 29- November 3, 2012

  • Reception: October 11, 6-8 p.m., Gallery Lounge, gallery talk by Morgan Craig at 7 p.m.
  • Music by the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Artist Lecture: October 11 at 1:15 p.m., Parkland Art Gallery

Morgan Craig, Foolish Thing Desire, oil on linen, 60" x 42", 2011 This exhibition of paintings by Philadelphia artist Morgan Craig explores how the abandoned architectural edifices from a post-industrial era affect and influence a society. Large in scale, Morgan’s paintings depict the stark interiors of forgotten and ruinous factories, prisons, or urban structures. Morgan states, “They not only convey knowledge about the past, but also serve an ideological function in the present. These three-dimensional structures play pivotal roles in shaping both societal and cultural understandings of history while simultaneously aiding in an ongoing process of present-day identity construction.”

Morgan Craig has exhibited throughout the U.S.A. Canada, Europe, and Australia, including OK Harris in New York City, SPACES in Cleveland, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and the Australian National University. Craig has received numerous awards including a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships. He has also been invited to several residencies including Atelje Stundars in Finland, the Macdowell Colony, and Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts.


Image: Morgan Craig, Foolish Thing Desire, oil on linen, 60" x 42", 2011