Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris has been investigating the particular languages and mentalities of various urban environments.  Since the mid-1990s she has used film, painting, print making, drawing and other media in her process of interpreting the physical as well as the socio-economic architectures of major American cities.  Her film works employ various cinematographic strategies that simultaneously lure her viewers towards and distance them from the subject matter.  Meanwhile, Morris’ paintings are disorienting geometric abstractions of the rhythms, tones, shapes and characters of the cities she explores.  For Tomorrow she will be presenting her 2004 film project Los Angeles.  This work exposes actors, actresses, backstage corridors and the Academy Awards’ elaborate decorations as it examines the structure of hollywood’s system of star-production by highlighting its central characters and examining the relationship between them.  While the use of 35mm film gives her work a cinematic quality, the choice of camera angles combined with the background music which was written by fellow artist Liam Gillick gives it a mysterious aura.


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