Month: December 2013

Blue water colour at Ramp Gallery

Blue Water Colour. Simon Morris. 2 – 23rd October. Ramp Gallery A group of 8 small square format paintings displayed in the window space titled “Daily paintings” from their process, form the entrance into Simon Morris’s “Blue water color” at Ramp gallery. A new addition to the ongoing body of work, taking on new physical forms adapting and responding to its architectural underpinning. On first viewing the work, I was reminded of a quote from a tribute piece too Julian Dashper in The Reading Room Issue 4 (2010) which says, “Take something away to make it stronger”. Morris employs this reductive method in painting to his in-situ work. His approach in a formal scientific-like process — the addition of a specific measure of water to pigment in an exponential manner — along with the brush stroke applied directly to the wall, create a segmented vertical gradient both taking over, and conform to the space it inhabits. Here 59 brush strokes, each created in one single motion, starting from blue. The large gestural application and its …