michael alexander morris

Glorified Body/Exquisite Corpse - Webpage - 2015    


glorified Body/Exquisite Corpse Collaboration with Morehshin Allahyari, Cameron Kyle, Martin Back, Alexandria Cole, and Julie Mckendrick.

Glorified Body/Exquisite Corpse is a collaboratively made website consisting of several animated .gifs, each depicting a different quadrant of a human body. Using a similar structure as the surrealist game of the "exquisite corpse", each artist worked without seeing the others' contributions. The result is a ghostly composite, a grouping of moving pixels in the shape of a body, existing momentarily as it's invoked by the browser. Like the glorified body of the crucified Jesus, it passes through walls, appears and disappears, and forfeits its materiality in exchange for a kind of spectral omnipresence.

Created as part of Dwayne Carter's irrational.city exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center in 2015, and living on here for the foreseeable future.

Phalanx - 2012
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Collaborative Installation with Nick Barbee for Monstrous Couplings at University of Texas-Dallas. Curated by Andy Amato.

1 AU, or exactly 149,597,870,700 metres (92,955,807.273 mi) or approximately the mean Earth-Sun distance
cyanotype, 1 meter x 1 meter

Foot of Iron
cyanotype, 1 foot x 1 foot and 1 cubit x 1 cubit

Boreal Citric Acid
plastic tub, water, bath for cyanotype prints, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, halogen lights

Geometrical Caclulus of the Universal Destinies 8mm film and digital video, 8 minute loop

MM and NB: "We started with the Fourierist Commune that was here in Dallas in the mid 19th century called La Reunion. Thought a commune would be a nice way to frame a collaborative piece. Mike edited together some footage of the land where the commune once stood, as well as a few markers and memorials. We created cyanotypes that are intended to show various forms of measurement, both rational, an AU being rational, as well as a Meter, and more known, albeit less precise measurements based on the body such as cubits and feet. The two parts overlap in the sculptural element, lemons floating in piss yellow water. It is at once a record of the Cyanotype process, and a representation of Fourier's most cited idea of a lemonade sea."

Review by Betsy Lewis: here.

It's Just Meant To Be Installation at Oliver Francis Gallery.  


It's Just Meant To Be at Oliver Francis - Time Based Installations from Michael Morris on Vimeo.

It's Just Meant To Be -16mm loop, 2012

Blue Movie - 3 cyanotype prints, 2012

Blue Movie - cyanotype on 16mm, video loop, 2012

Wheel and Axle Machine - 1/4" tape loop, inherited tape recorder, 2012

A Gentle Mind Confused - 7" records, record player (jacket cover by Rebecca Mir), 2012

A More Perfect Eye - inherited 8mm camera, tripod, cinema light, diffusion material, 2012

For Adam And Allie (wedding gift) - digital video, 2010

Confessors - 8mm film on digital video, 2010