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EIDOLON
 
HEATHER MORGAN
 
Solo Exhibition
May 15 - June 7, 2014
 
Opening Reception
Thursday, May 15, 6:00 - 9:00pm
 
Meet Heather @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
 
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present “Eidolon” an exhibition of new works by Heather Morgan, a figurative painter whose sultry and damaged women cavort unrestrained through opulent settings with commanding self-possession. Vivid and theatrical as these images are, the viewer is thrust into discomfiting intimacy with these defiant vixens. These works invite the viewer to look and to covet, presenting an alluring world that is also potent and seething.  Beauty quivers with pain and flaw in the distorted, luminous subjects that populate Morgan’s paintings.  The figures stretch out louche before the viewer and bravely offer themselves with a conflicting, penetrating gaze. These unflinching yet vulnerable pastel heroines become all the more unknowable, as they reveal themselves in their fractured splendor.
 
 
ARTIST BIO
 
Heather Morgan, painter and bon vivant, was born in Staten Island in 1973. She completed her B.F.A. in painting at Boston University in 1996, making up the “expressionist wing” of the school for the arts and haunting the underground music scene. She received her M.F.A. in painting/printmaking at Yale University in 1999. Morgan spent five years in East Berlin cultivating fluency in German, exhibiting and publishing work with Karoline Mueller at Ladengalerie, one of Berlin’s oldest galleries and a proponent of representational artists of the former GDR. Upon returning to the United States, Heather maintained a studio in Boston and then New York, and has shown at various New York and German galleries and institutions before joiining with Dacia Gallery in 2010. Heather next solo show at Dacia will be held in Spring 2014. Her last solo show was Lascivious, and she has shown regulary in our group shows to much fanfare: Black&White Holiday Show, Dacia's Anniversary Show, Dacia's Universal Art Project, and Hyperboreans.
 
ARTIST STATEMENT
 
Desperate times call for decadent measures. We are in a state of constant war on a ruined planet, leaving the lights on, murmuring about extinction.  The women in Heather Morgan’s paintings kick up their heels in celebration of life as they contemplate death, aware of the tragic absurdity of our situation.  We are doomed, so we should be dancing.
 
Morgan's sultry and damaged women cavort unrestrained through opulent settings with commanding self-possession. Here are lingerie and stockings galore. But these are no playthings. These women are performing their identities, and it is a tense and fevered display, aching with self-consciousness.
 
The possibilities for self-creation are illustrated in a succession of vivid characters loosely based on the artist, her acquaintance, and recognizable cultural constructions; cigar-chomping chicks, androgynes, harlots, fighters, dancing queens, the starved, the tragically hip, the desperate (but not serious).
 
Vivid and theatrical as these images are, the viewer is thrust into discomfiting intimacy with these defiant vixens. These works invite the viewer to look and to covet, presenting an alluring world that is also potent and seething. Beauty quivers with pain and flaw in the distorted, luminous subjects that populate Morgan's paintings. The figures stretch out louche before the viewer and bravely offer themselves with a conflicting, penetrating gaze. These unflinching yet vulnerable pastel heroines become all the more unknowable, as they reveal themselves in their fractured splendor.
 
Baby New Year, Oil on Canvas, 56x40 In Heaven Everything is Fine, Oil on Canvas, 66x50 La Primavera, Oil on Canvas, 56x48 Mistress Distress, Oil on Canvas, 46x40 Nature's Beauty, Oil on Canvas, 64x52 Hotel Hangout, Oil on Canvas Vino Violet, Oil on Canvas Warm Leatherette, Oil on Canvas