The String Room Gallery at Wells College in Aurora, NY, has a new show opening this week, featuring the work of Pittsburgh artist Michael Morrill. Titled “Pattern and Prayers,” the exhibit consists of a series of oil and acrylic paintings by Morrill, an associate professor of studio arts at the University of Pittsburgh. In his artist’s statement, Morrill says, “My commitment to the language of abstraction stems from a belief that the expressive power of abstraction continues to hold potential for poetic visual experience.”
William Ganis, Director of the String Room and Professor of Art History at Wells College said to me: “I installed this last week and became more and more excited as I unwrapped each work. These are some of the most technically accomplished abstract paintings I’ve seen—real painter’s paintings—I’ve decades of experience looking at paintings, and frankly I’m not sure how he achieves some of his marks, textures and saturation. Photographs only give an approximation of the experience.”
Makes me want to go for sure.
And if you wait until next week, you can turn your trip into a real junket by popping over to see the show and then having dinner at the delicious and insanely rustic Pumpkin Hill Bistro which reopens for the season on April 7th.
Morrill’s work will be on display in the String Room Gallery (SRG) from March 30 through May 11. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. Read more about the show here.