Location: UCF Art Gallery
Morgan Craig believes architectural structures act as both repositories and as vehicles for memory and profoundly influence culture and identity by providing a tangible framework through which facets of a society can be expressed. Consequently, he develops work dealing with how identity is influenced by the types of architectural edifices present in a given landscape. He views his work not merely as a method of documentation, but a sociopolitical/socioeconomic commentary on the effects of hubris, avarice, free trade, outsourcing, deregulation, deterritorialization, neoliberalism, obsolescence, and international-finance-capital upon communities throughout the world. Within the realm of Jacques Derrida’s theory of Hauntology, the paintings speak of the slow disintegration of the future, and the abysmal fragmentation of the past.
Morgan Craig has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including OK Harris in New York City, SPACES in Cleveland, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and the Australian National University. Craig has received numerous awards including, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2007, 2011), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for 2006 and 2008. He has also been invited to several residencies including, Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, the Macdowell Colony, Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts, Proekt Fabrika in Moscow, and Red Gate in Beijing.