Cameron Morgan’s ‘TV Classics Part 1’ celebrates the culture and history of television throughout the decades. Each painting marks an era, a style and a tv programme.
Morgan is a multi-talented and prolific artist working with Project Ability as part of our Aspire programme, since 1991. His creativity, ambition and personality can be found in all of his work, and we are proud to present his latest venture as part of our Glasgow Internationalprogramme.
Morgan’s standing as a contemporary artist was firmly established with the GENERATION show Cameron’s Way: Coast to Coast; a commission funded by Creative Scotland. Now, with a generous Unlimited commission he has been able to take on his most ambitious project to date.
Fascinated and extremely knowledgeable about popular culture, Morgan’s specialist subject is 70’s and 80’s television, films and music. For ‘TV Classics Part 1’ Morgan has created nine paintings using iconic television imagery starting in the 1930’s through to present times. The nine paintings and accompanying videos that make up ‘TV Classics Part 1’ depict Morgan’s favourite tv programmes from the past nine decades, shown screened on a television set from that decade. They move, as the years pass -from grey scale through technicolour to high definition – with a classic wallpaper design from the period as the backdrop for each piece.
The ‘TV Classics Part 1’ website provides bibliographic information on the artist, shows interviews with Morgan and the project collaborators, as well as behind the scene action and work in progress videos. As part of the exhibition we invite the public to share their television related memories and post stories, pictures and video to our social media platforms, using #tvclassicsstories.
As well as being a prolific and talented painter, it is worth noting that Cameron Morgan is also a skilled ceramicist, evidenced in the popularity of the ceramic artworks he created for our ‘Food to Go’ exhibition this past December.
(Image: ‘1960’s – Dr Who’)
This exhibition, and the development and creation of the work, has been sponsored through a commission from Unlimited, an arts organisation that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK cultural sector, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. In addition to Glasgow International and Project Ability, the exhibition will be travelling to the arts agency Celf O Gwmpas in mid-Wales in June and onto London in September as part of Unlimited 2016. To coincide with the exhibitions, the images will be rendered onto billboards and posters throughout the host community.
Special thanks to artist Jason Pyper Davis for acting as Morgan’s mentor and assistant during this project.
You can read an interview of the artist by Paul F. Cockburn for Disability Arts Online here. http://disabilityartsonline.org.uk/Why-Cameron-Morgan-Loves-Classic-TV
Glasgow International, 8 – 25 April
Project Room, 3rd Floor, Trongate 103, Glasgow
Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
Opening: Friday 8th April, 5pm-7pm
Meet the artist: Saturday 16 April, 2pm-3pm
Supported by Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists