Theverywalls Locky Morris Exhibition Opening 6pm Fri 15th Feb.
Verbal presents #theverywalls a new exhibition by Derry artist Locky Morris opening on Friday Feb 15th 6PM
Walls as structures it must be said are generally humourless things. At best they are essential parts of our sheltering structures or (often around here) they were or are used as dividing lines between people and places, communities and cultures. There is something also indescribably old about them, even if they were constructed only recently. They hark back to the past, to the primal fear of the other and as we have witnessed recently, they are used by unscrupulous politicians as a tool of border and people (that are considered ‘undesirable’) control.
However, walls as a concept are also ridiculous. Their attempts at stature and seriousness are easily mocked and undermined by some kid with a spray can. Their notions of permanence subverted by time itself and at odds with the ‘instant’ social media-led world we find ourselves part of whether we like it or not. It’s entirely appropriate therefore that Locky Morris’s photographic dissection of the very walls of Derry undermines their concepts of stature and the monumental with a wryly humorous approach exploring their everydayness and the detritus of the interaction between (wo)man and masonry. The fact that these photographs originated as an Instagram project pitted their instantaneity against the ‘permanence’ of structure. The abandoned fast-food cartons strewn around our walls, the graffiti scrawled upon them tell us more that the guides and official documents ever could. Morris also echoes art history and we see in the shapes and shadows within his photographs the resonance of modernist painting. The artist references this with typical humour of course. It is also gratifying in a time where everything has become ‘virtual’ we see photos that originated in the digital world return to the real. Not with the hipsterish pseudo-seriousness of the ‘rebirth of vinyl’ but with a vitality and liveliness typical of the artist.
#theverywalls is the third part of Verbal's 'Walking the Walls' series of exhibitions. These exhibitions curated by Gregory McCartney articulate alternative approaches to and explorations of Derry's famous Walls.
This exhibition will be accompanied by Alt., the 15th Anniversary issue of Abridged which will also feature the work of Locky Morris along with contemporary poetry. The issue will be launched at the opening also.
This exhibition is supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council's Walled City – 400 Years Event Funding.
Abridged is funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.