Towering in Siamsa Tíre's vaulted gallery, CRÍN is a skeletal monolith of wooden forms; a stilted mechanical monument to the forgotten triumphs of modernity.
Constructed on-site using locally found materials, its origins are in science fiction themes, architectural folly and the local surroundings.This exhibition also features a new series of paintings on paper and recently made small-scale mechanical Chrinetics.
CRÍN is the first Irish project from Morley Hill. It follows on from sister exhibitions, CHRINE in London's Block 336 gallery (2013), and KRIN in Norway's Kurant gallery (2014).
Morley Hill is one of multiple pseudonyms used by the UK born artist Nik Taylor. Through the Morley Hill project, Taylor channels his fascination with the found object and its everyday chance encounter. He constructs incongruous throwaway worlds governed by self imposed rules and, what he describes as, ‘anti-rules’. His fairy tale, absurd and sacred assemblages challenge the limits of our imagination as they endeavour to rekindle the forgotten impulses of our personal and cultural histories. Often cryptic and wilfully ambiguous, Taylor mingles Art Historical motifs with moments from literary fiction, architecture and science. Wooden forms, glued and screwed together are articulated into a visual language that signposts real and imagined events from personal narratives and an ongoing journey of self-discovery.
The Morley Hill project commenced ten years ago, based around a series of paintings on paper and sculptures using found wood. Its origins are in science fiction themes and architectural folly. The work also encompasses drawing, sound and collage. There have been five solo shows to date, four temporary sculpture projects, three Morley Hill themed residencies and two group show admissions.
In 2015, Taylor moved to County Kerry and began a self-funded cabinet making apprenticeship, under the tutelage of master furniture maker Garry Marcham at Goose Island Workshop in Castlegregory. He spent two years learning the craft of fine woodworking, studying traditional carpentry methods and gaining a better understanding of materials. In early 2017 he began to make smaller, kinetic, finely finished Morley Hill works informed by the recently acquired skills. This exhibition will also feature recently completed paintings on paper.
Nik Taylor was invited to become an associate member of the Royal British society of Sculptors in 2013. His work has been shown in the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and Ireland. In 2017 he was awarded creative work development and materials bursaries from Kerry County Council.
Described in Dazed and Confused magazine (UK) as work that ‘pushes the boundaries of structure and freedom’, the artist describes his practice as ‘obsessive systematic pottering’.