Frankie Morgan // Artist In Residence Exhibition

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Spread Art’s May/June artist residency brings Frankie Morgan, an Australian artist based in Berlin, to Detroit for nearly 8 weeks.

Morgan’s work charts the urban forces of change, including of earthmovers, refuse bins, and sanitation workers. She digs into the familiar and mundane in order to question our ideas of beauty, value and worth, viewing cities as sites of human innovation, but also as the source of invisible forces exerted upon humans in daily urban life. Morgan's recurring motif of the earthmover excavates both the urban world and the canvas as an artist’s work site - a site in which to dig deep into the experience of existence.

Morgan is timing her Detroit residency to engage with the DIA's “Diego and Frida in Detroit” exhibition. Rivera's frescos of the industrial worker are of particular interest to Morgan, and will be her starting point to connect to the energies of Detroit.

Morgan graduated in 2011 from the National Art School in Sydney, with the Paris Studio Prize. Since then, she has studied fresco in an artist residency in Italy, and attended the LIA residency at the Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany. Discovering recently that an ancestor was a counterfeiter of one pound Notes prompted Morgan to pose the question, “What is valued in society?” Morgan initially responded though the discipline of printmaking, creating her own counterfeit currency within the context of the arts industry.

Morgan's work continues to dig into daily life, searching for a secular sacredness. Her paintings delve into the question of what is valued by asking further, “What is overlooked in society’s determination of value, and how can artists reflect and challenge society’s determination of what's of worth?” Currently, Morgan is painting internal staircases, drawing attention to the mystery inherent in every step we take.

Frankie Morgan’s residency in Detroit is made possible in part by generous support from Ampersand.
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By: Spread Art

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