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    Michael Morris (Canadian, b. 1942) Palomar, 1968 silkscreen on paper, edition AP 2/14 Collection of the Morris/Trasov Archive

Palomar: Michael Morris

25 January to 3 March 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4, 6 to 9 pm

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver



Michael Morris has been a key figure of the west coast art scene since the 1960s, and his contribution to the development of Vancouver as an important city for contemporary art has been immense. Satellite Gallery presents Palomar: Michael Morris, an exhibition of work by Morris that complements his larger exhibition at the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry.


The exhibition at Satellite Gallery includes three of five recently refabricated editions of Palomar, a sculpture that was originally part of the important 1968 exhibition Younger Vancouver Sculptors curated by Alvin Balkind and presented at the UBC Fine Arts Gallery (now the Belkin Art Gallery). This work, each in a different colour, is a three-dimensional version of a silkscreen print inspired by the Palomar Observatory in San Diego County. Palomar represents a rare example of sculpture by Morris and will be accompanied in this exhibition by the original Palomar silkscreen.


Michael Morris is one of the most important artists of Vancouver’s contemporary scene. He has participated in artist-in-residence programs both in Canada at the Banff Centre (1990) and at Open Studio (2003) and internationally at Berliner Künstlerprogramm (1981-1998). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 2005 by Emily Carr University of Art + Design. In 2011, he received Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Morris currently lives and works in Victoria.


Palomar: Michael Morris is a co-presentation of Presentation House Gallery and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.


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This project is made possible with the generous support of the Audain Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Vancouver Foundation, and the British Columbia Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation and our Belkin Curator’s Forum members.


Satellite Gallery is a Michael O’Brian Family Foundation project with partners the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, and Presentation House Gallery.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at jana.tyner@ubc.ca,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689