Echo05 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
The first solo presentation from Edinburgh based, visual artist Harry Morgan.
Harry Morgan currently works from his studio within Custom House Leith, Edinburgh. Originally from Manchester, Harry gained a 1st Class BA (Hons) degree in Glass from Edinburgh College of Art in 2014. Since graduating, he has exhibited at the 2015 British Glass Biennale in Stourbridge, where he was awarded the London Glassblowing Award for Emerging Talent. His work has already been exhibited widely throughout both the UK and internationally, and The Scottish Gallery is his first solo presentation.
“If materials contain history and meaning in their nature, then these ideas are embedded in objects. Echo displays a collection of objects that explores the relationship of materials through contrast. Despite being composed of the same elements, glass and concrete appear as conflicting materials. With unclear borders and internal dimension, glass reflects ambiguity and intangibility. In sharp contrast, concrete is brutally physical; the word itself is used to describe absolutes and certainties. Both materials have strong social, cultural and polarised connotations; from the sumptuous history of Venetian glass to the utopian concrete of post-war Brutalism. The use of glass in my work draws inspiration from the ancient Venetian glassblowing technique, murrine; where each rod or thread of glass is individually pulled by hand from a furnace. The glass is then arranged into a sequential structure and cast within concrete or precious metal, which binds them as one object. I’m interested in applying these traditional skills in alternative directions.” Harry Morgan, 2017.