San Antonio artist Charlie Morris creates politically charged multimedia artworks that investigate how technological objects, military tactics, and architectural spaces impact the lives of individuals. His reductionist practice often involves manufacturing monochromatic simulacra that are intended to encourage the viewer to reflect on the absence of the actual object. Within the context of post-9/11 society, we can understand Morris’s work as in inquiry into the meaning of personal autonomy in a censorious world, the function of mass production, and the implications of military conflict.
Morris received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997. He has had solo exhibitions at McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (2007), and REM Gallery, San Antonio, TX (2004). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Pleinairism, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland (2008); Miniatures- Col•lectiva de Nadal, Galerie Contrast, Barcelona, Spain (2008); Cold Cuts, Rudolph Projects/ArtScan Gallery, Houston, TX (2007); Texas Biennial 2007, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX (2007); Show Offs, Unit B (Gallery), San Antonio, TX (2006); and Operations, Mulcahy Modern, Dallas, TX (2005).