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Social Constructs: Art by Devin M. Morris


A collage by Devin N. MorrisUntitled, collage

Devin N. Morris creates colorful collages, as well as media works in photography and video. Morris uses his practice to express and deconstruct American social constructs in the context of his own experience as a queer black man.

 

A collage in black and grey by Devin N. MorrisUntitled, collage

 

Collages build up spaces, with small, abstracted figures – the figures in the collages are usually all monochromatic or patterned, and seem to interact loosely with a space and with each other. Occasionally these figures are combined with photographic elements depicting human figures, creating a contrast and a sense of tension between the “real” and the two-dimensional. In other works, photographic figures are duplicated and cloned across an artwork, creating a sense of deja-vu.

 

Morris’ photographs depict individuals in staged poses and situations. The figures are often of ambiguous or deliberately skewed gender. Visions of queer identity abound here, with many of the photographs featuring black male models. 

 

A photograph of a man surrounded by textiles and floral elementsUntitled, photograh


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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