Untitled was part of the 2002 exhibition “Drawings for the Austrian School” held at the D’Amelio Terras gallery in New York. For this occasion, Morris created a language of his own by using acrylic, ink, graphite and ballpoint pen on paper. The exhibition title comes from Morris’ interest in the early 20th century Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter, a one time Austrian Minister of Finance, bank director, and economics professor who taught in Europe and at Harvard University.
John Morris practices what critic Allan Weiss calls “ poetics of the ad infinitum” an ecstatic but precise doodling in which handmade marks stand for unrepresentable holism. His drawings are roughly the size of lined binder paper and are often made on just this unassuming support. For Morris art is a direct, indexical and therefore euphoric transcription of thought, in which every sign is motivated by some mystical urgency known only to the author.
John Morris was born in 1965. He lives and works in Pittsburg.