Lars Morell

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Lars Morell (b. 1980, NO) is educated at the Oslo National Academy of Fine Arts. Over the past few years, Morell has created a complex and diverse body of work consisting of photographs, sculptures, and installations. Morell’s work has always encompassed and questioned the visible/invisible and what seems to be something that it is not. In numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally this iconography has been thoroughly developed, and in his recent works distorted shapes, which now “grow” over the canvas, are constructed from imagery in his previous works of paintings, sculptures and drawings. We see colored constructs that at first glance are reminiscent of branching root systems; we recognize the outlines of chains and hooks – and thus again objects that are used in illusion and deception. Morell develops these works out of figuration and sees them as distorted still lives, as a dilemma between abstraction and representational painting. Morell’s work is included in the collections of Caviar Factory Art Museum, Malmö Kunstmuseum, Sørlandet Kunstmuseum, Equinor and KLP. Selected solo shows include Curse, Effect and Tåkeleser QB Gallery, Oslo (2020, 2018), Cinnamon, Rotterdam (2018, 2016), Stephane Simoens, Knokke (2017), BGE Contemporary, Stavanger (2017), Kant Copenhagen (2015, 2014), Kristiansand Kunsthall (2015), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013), Choi & Lager, Cologne (2013), Galerie Nivet-Garzon, Paris (2012) and Perla Mode, Zürich (2010). Selected group shows include Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), ISPC, New York (2008) and Nationalmuseum, Berlin (2008).