No Church in the Wild
Asya Geisberg Gallery
until March 29th, 2014
By NOAH BECKER, MAR. 2014
The human figure is what most interests Rebecca Morgan and her offbeat characters have all the presence of Northern Reniassance art as it meets with modern cartoon culture. Her show at Asya Geisberg entitled No Church in the Wild runs the gamut of ideas and emotions surrounding mountain people with horrifying and hilarious results. Her paintings seem to reference the book and novel Into the Wild in a non-literal way - her figures have "tuned in turned on and dropped out" so to speak. Her faces can also be wonderfully grotesque, an aspect that really shines in this exhibition. These are humans interacting with the sublimnity of nature in the grandest sense. Morgan focuses on the beauty of nature as her humans frolic naked in their surroundings. Ceramics, drawing and painting are featured as a jumping off point for explorations in color and form. But it's Morgan's prodigious technique that binds this show together - a rare gift so seldom seen in artists of her generation. The theme she has chosen is a tough one to tackle - a daunting task acomplished. - NB
Noah Becker is an artist and the publisher and founding editor of Whitehot Magazine. He shows his paintings internationally at museums and galleries. Becker also plays jazz saxophone. Becker's writing has appeared in The Guardian, VICE, Garage, Art in America, Interview Magazine, Canadian Art and the Huffington Post. He has written texts for major artist monographs published by Rizzoli and Hatje Cantz. Becker directed the New York art documentary New York is Now (2010). Becker's new album of original music "Mode For Noah" was released in 2023.
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