Review by Cat Metayer
Anthony Morton’s paintings stand out in a beige and brown office setting; their vibrant colors and contrasts creating an appreciated focal point for an art school career workplace. Morton utilizes college, internet, and popular culture for his “Miss Series;” a collection of paintings based on pictures taken from popular networking site, myspace.com.
Morton, a sophomore at Pratt Institute, works primarily with acrylics for the series, with a combination of realism and imagination. The paintings themselves are highly stylized interpretations of the photographs, with colorful embellishments; whimsical, cartoon inspired shapes, adding a touch of fantastic to the portraits. The colors of the flourishes are reminiscent of the 80’s, a decade widely mined by the modern youth culture. The largest painting, titled “Miss Ali S.” is Morton’s first experiment with oil based paints and perhaps his most resolved.
The photographs used for his work are the images which these women chose to display themselves to the internet populace, a fact that Morton bases the series on. Attention is paid not only to the subjects, but also to their chosen attire; their designer sunglasses, necklaces, and earrings, giving the consideration to the items which these characters use to build their image.
The popular “myspace pic” the very best image, according to the subject, based on lighting, angle, and fashionable attire, is a mainstay for modern youth culture. Some say this gives the subject a feeling of power over their image in the world, while others claim that it is a deceit of the internet public. Morton’s work seems to speak to the former, further stylizing an image deemed by the subject as the best depiction of themselves.
October 13th-November 4th, 2008