Spotlight: Heather and Ivan Morison
There are a multitude of visual artists in this day and age, but very few seem to capture as many critical and contemporary issues in their work as Heather and Ivan Morison do. It is through a wide variety of mediums—including sculpture, installation, video, sound, print and puppetry—that the two manage to create works to facilitate the engagement of their audience. For the most part, each of their pieces is found in a public setting and perhaps what is most strikingly uniform of all their work is their ability to formulate discussion. Each, in some way, shape or form, contribute to a very much post-modern ideal in creating community dialogue. Each installation demands attention—whether the audience wants to pay any consideration or not they are dragged in. Their work helps to change perspectives and often leave one with a different view of their surroundings.
Among the many subjects the Morisons cover within their body of work, three themes seem to arise that, unavoidably, lead to this audience participation and dialogue. One is their interest in the relationship between the arts and ecology, another is their fascination with methods of survival; keeping aware that all is temporary and the necessity to react accordingly when intervened. Finally, it is their belief in the significance of placemaking and awareness of a site that further highlights Heather and Ivan Morison’s undeniable ability to create public discourse, ultimately proving their relevance in today’s art scene and beyond. They are truly at the forefront of contemporary art in that they create works that are not only relevant, but become a part of the viewer’s life by way of the engagement and discussion they create.
Above are just a few of the Morisons’ works that exhibit each of these qualities. For more information visit them online at: www.morison.info