APRIL 19, 2017
CARLY JO MORGAN
April 20, 2017 - May 1, 2017
Opening Reception April 20, 2017
Not So General is pleased to present ‘TRANSMUTATION”, a selection of brand new terrazzo works by Carly Jo Morgan.
In her first solo show since founding her eponymous studio in 2016, Morgan presents new works which are reflective of her ongoing study of human evolution, growth and transition. Fascinated by the capability of all species to survive, grow, heal and reproduce through cathartic change, manifested via both physiological and psychological characteristics, Morgan draws attention to this naturally occurring phenomenon of ‘transmutation’ in her large scale and ambitious new terrazzo furniture and lighting.
On a purely superficial level, the use of terrazzo physically embodies the nuances of Morgan’s interest. As a material, the terrazzo is created through the laborious and time-consuming process of mixing marble chips with concrete. Once set, the terrazzo is unrecognizable and shapeless until ground down by hand and then deeply polished to create the desired effect, itself going through a transformation akin to ecdysis (reptilian skin shedding) resulting in the beautiful work of Morgan’s collection.
With inlaid brass and resin, both materials that Morgan has turned to throughout her career, the artist is able to further contemporize the terrazzo with the use of repetitive symbols such as snakes, hands and moons that have a deeper meaning to Morgan and which match the spirituality with a sense of playfulness. A focus on pink and black gives the work uniformity and allows the view to draw their own conclusion for the limited color choice (yin/yang, male/female, heaven/earth). Making works such as Moon Snake Chair and Transmutation Table limited editions is also reflective of Morgan’s interest in reinvention, transition and moving forward.
Carly Jo Morgan was born in Los Angeles in 1982 and currently resides in Topanga Canyon. Her studio is based in Lincoln Heights.
TERRAZZO FABRICATION PROCESS