Everything has an end, only the sausage has two
May 7 – June 18, 2017
Opening reception Sunday May 7, 4-7pm
The Pit is pleased to announce Everything has an end, only the sausage has two, a new solo exhibition by Florian Morlat in The Pit II. For Everything has an end, only the sausage has two, Morlat has created an environmental installation, utilizing the gallery’s unique intimate and narrow features. Expanding on themes and visual cues from his recent body of cardboard collages depicting caves and domestic architecture, Morlat has created large-scale, oil enamel painted cardboard collages that operate as a backdrop, creating an environment with a relationship to German Expressionist set designs featured in movies such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligary or The Golem. Within the environment, a series of new sculptures constructed from soup cans, wood, and plaster are on display. As in his recent cardboard collages, the series of sculptures make reference to domesticity and sanctuary. The soup cans create exaggerated chimney-like forms, and the foundation that these twisting forms emerge from resemble bird’s nests constructed from pieces of wood, covered in plaster and hay. The exhibition stays true to Morlat’s usual limited use of color; his latest works are primarily dark ashy tones, highlighted by small dashes of neon. The heavy use of dark tones gives Morlat’s installation a ghostly, surreal quality as if the buildings were abandoned or decaying. This environment of weaving chimneys and rugged, oddly shaped buildings gives the viewer pause to contemplate what the true purpose of architecture at it’s most fundamental level is; shelter. Whether these birdhouses are falling apart or crudely constructed from the beginning, they have as much in common with the primitiveness of cave dwellings as they do with a city, ghost town or anywhere humans would or have occupied.
Florian Morlat (B. 1968, Munich Germany) lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste Munich, Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, and received his MFA from UCLA. He has had solo exhibitions at Cherry and Martin LA, Galerie Ben Kaufmann Berlin, Daniel Hug LA, among others. His work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Modern Painters, and The New York Times among other publications. This is his first solo exhibition with The Pit.