Seven Artists, Seven Paths
Gallery Exhibition: Seven Artists, Seven Paths
An interview with Sanderson Morgan
(The image above is Sanderson Morgan’s photograph “Boiler Study No. 2,” 2019 from the exhibit)
This article was published in the North Coast Journal of People, Politics, and Art on April 15, 2021. By Gabrielle Gopinath.
Mapping Seven Artists, Seven Paths
A GROUP SHOW REOPENS AT THE MORRIS GRAVES MUSEUM OF ART
The exhibition Seven Artists, Seven Paths is back. The exhibition reopens this week at the Morris Graves Museum of Art after a months-long virtual interlude due to pandemic restrictions on social gathering. The seven Humboldt artists whose work it features — Leslie Anderson, Becky Evans, Mimi LaPlant, Sanderson Morgan, John Pound, Emily Silver and Karen Sullivan — are linked through mutual acquaintance as members of a circle that has met for dinner and studio talk every two months for a dozen years. As a celebration of a long-running artists’ social network (not the online kind), Seven Artists speaks to the creative potential of the face-to-face social interactions we’ve all been waiting to resume.
“We’re really different people but we can talk to one another easily,” emeritus professor and volunteer curator Morgan said. “We’re not interested in mutual criticism. What we’re interested in is the life of the artist in the studio. When things are good, when things are bad — that’s what we talk about.” Members’ processes differ vastly, he said, but the studio experience is what they have in common: “being alone, and doing all the things necessary for creation.”
Drawing on his 25 years of experience as director of Humboldt State University’s Reese Bullen Gallery, Morgan brought process into the conversation by inviting artists to . . . Read More
From 1980 to 2005 he was the Director of the Reese Bullen Gallery and produced and curated 6 to 7 exhibitions a year. Prior to this he worked at the University Art Museum at the University of California (now the Berkeley Art Museum). With a BFA and MFA in Painting (Lone Mountain College and Art Academy College, now University) San Francisco, he maintains a studio practice and exhibition activity as both an artist and as a curator.