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Donald Morgan’s work is deceivingly complex. Impeccably built and finished sculptures pose a compendium of questions and narratives in conversation with texts. The works touch on broad-brush humor and high-brow postmodernism. Morgan’s recent solo and two-person exhibitions include the Green Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Art Gym, Portland, Oregon; and Portland2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Michelle Grabner. Morgan received his Master of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in 2001. He was an early member of Ditch Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Springfield, Oregon, and is an associate professor at the University of Oregon. Morgan is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary.
“Donald’s work, as well as his roles as educator and curator, ups the bar for everyone around him,” says Kenneth Fandell, Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson Chair in Arts and the Humanities, Harvey Mudd College. “He so adroitly navigates physicality and craft through intellectual concerns that he is able to convince us of the unequivocal worth and need of both.”
“My work touches on mortality, magic, superstition, humor, the mythology of the American West, and literature. This last category connects much of my practice.”
Donald Morgan. Photo: Sam Gehrke / "Top Ten Icelandic Sci Fi Anthologies," 2018, sintra, enamel, 30” x 35” x 35” / "Dewey Door," 2016, mdf, enamel, 47" x 36" x 4"