CHALLENGE TO VISION,PERCEPTION,EMOTION

DAYLIGHT-DARKNIGHT:THE FULL MINTY. PAINTINGS AND PRINTS BY ROGER MORRIS AND MARIANNE MUGGERIDGE.
ATHENE STUDIOS GALLERY, GREYTOWN, NOV. 27-DEC 14 1998.

by James Mack
(The Wairarapa Gallery Newsletter Dec 98-Jan99. ISSN1173-6224)

Roger Morris has obviously in recent times had a vasectomy. Anyone who received an invitation to the Athene show ought to have been flocking here. My response to Roger was that its bigger than I thought it was at every level, and as someone who has just gone through a bit of surgery in the genital area, I can affirm that it hurts - it really hurts. Morris's vasectomy painting says some good things in paint in a really different way to Muggeridge - his is an extremely butch picture.

Then there was a small monoprint self-portrait by Morris which I understand was done on silver foil. This had the same brooding intensity as the vasectomy work. It was deeply troubling to me, the kind of picture which is difficult to engage with because the engagement tells you a lot of things about your own insecurities. Its good art happening in that way - really intense, manic,and magic.

This was another show of quality work from Taranaki with which we have been blessed as it comes from that province to Greytown.

James Mack.



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