The Contemporary Art Society is pleased to announce the purchase of a selection of works by Victoria Morton (b. 1971) for The McManus, Dundee. Morton is a Glasgow based artist whose work involves the application of painting, sound, found objects, garments and photography. Her practise often seems improvised and spontaneous though the making process behind her work is based on a strong theoretical art understanding. Recent shows include: The Appearance, Galerie Born Berlin, Berlin 2016; CONTINUUM, Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath, 2015; and Devils in the Making, GoMA, Glasgow, 2015.
Morton’s work reflects upon historical painting and literature, whilst also considering notions of the everyday and alluding to the domestic through her use of found household objects. The result is a body of work that presents a new perspective of the world around us and the lived experience. Her installation and sculptural works, including those purchased for The McManus, exert her painting into the viewer’s space and suggest that painting belongs in the real world rather than upon a dehumanised and sanctified museum wall.
The acquisition of Untitled (2010), Untitled, (2010) and Dance, (2014) for the McManus has provided the gallery with a representative portfolio of Victoria Morton’s work including sculpture, installation and painting. They are an important addition to the gallery’s nationally significant collections of Scottish painting, Scottish abstract art and their growing collection of works by artists associated with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.