Gallery view. 'Derrick Alexis Coard', May 2016.
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A photograph of Gallery view. 'Derrick Alexis Coard', May 2016 from Project Ability depicting a black twisted cord suspended from the ceiling of an industrial white room with portraits on the walls. The portraits all depict a man with dark hair and a beard which covers most of his face. They are in a range of colours and also in black and white.
Project Ability is a Glasgow-based visual arts organisation with an international reputation for excellence. We create opportunities for people with disabilities and people with mental health issues, aged 5 years to 80 plus, to express themselves and achieve artistic excellence.
Over three hundred people each week take part in our year round programme of workshops, events and exhibitions which are held in our centre in Trongate 103 and in community venues throughout the city.
We work in partnership with people with disabilities and their support agencies across the UK and develop local, national and international arts projects, creating opportunities for people to network, share their practice and exhibit their work.
Description: Cameron Morgan’s ‘TV Classics Part 1’ celebrates the culture and history of television throughout the decades. Each painting marks an era, a style and a tv programme.
Morgan is a multi-talented and prolific artist working with Project Ability as part of our Aspire programme, since 1991. His creativity, ambition and personality can be found in all of his work, and Project Ability were proud to present his latest venture as part of our Glasgow International 2016 programme.
Morgan’s standing as a contemporary artist was firmly established with the GENERATION show 'Cameron's Way: Coast to Coast'; a commission funded by Creative Scotland. Now, with a generous Unlimited commission he has been able to take on his most ambitious project to date.
Fascinated and extremely knowledgeable about popular culture, Morgan’s specialist subject is 70’s and 80’s television, films and music. For ‘TV Classics Part 1’ Morgan has created nine paintings using iconic television imagery starting in the 1930’s through to present times. The nine paintings and accompanying videos that make up ‘TV Classics Part 1’ depict Morgan’s favourite tv programmes from the past nine decades, shown screened on a television set from that decade. They move, as the years pass -from grey scale through technicolour to high definition - with a classic wallpaper design from the period as the backdrop for each piece.
The ‘TV Classics Part 1’ website provides bibliographic information on the artist, shows interviews with Morgan and the project collaborators, as well as behind the scene action and work in progress videos.
As well as being a prolific and talented painter, it is worth noting that Cameron Morgan is also a skilled ceramicist, evidenced in the popularity of the ceramic artworks he created for our 'Food to Go' exhibition in December 2015.
Extra information: The TV Classics Part 1 exhibition, and the development and creation of the work, has been sponsored through a commission from Unlimited, an arts organisation that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. In addition to Glasgow International and Project Ability, the exhibition travelled to the arts agency Celf O Gwmpas in mid-Wales in June and will travel to London in September as part of Unlimited 2016. To coincide with the exhibitions, the images will be rendered onto billboards and posters throughout the host community.
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