Tuesday, 9 March 2010


Above is the cover for the debut s/t album by Pyramids which I picked up recently. The cover of this album really invoked an intense curiosity in me. The majestic caribou and the strange geometric shapes adorning their antlers was somehow a perfect visual match. Upon hearing the music for the first time you just realize it all makes sense. Beautiful, intensely layered and textural music. I also discovered the source of the cover image, created by Heather and Ivan Morrison, a wife and husband duo who create all manner of evocative images and installations.

listen to Pyramids here hydrahead.org/hh/pyramids_site

For their second solo show in the gallery, Heather and Ivan Morison continue in their attempt to survey the earth by collecting images, sounds and stories and rebuilding the familiar into a series of adventures that blend Natural History and Science Fiction. Their work mixes fact and fiction, constructs narratives through different personas, takes us to Transylvania, China, Ecuador, New Zealand and Wales to investigate myths, roses, mushrooms and woods and invites us to contemplate the pleasures and passions of their endeavours.

Starmaker, a medium format slide show of images, entangles the realms of natural and cultural history and science fiction so that we can appreciate the oddities of both. Featuring dioramas from the American Museum of Natural History, rose farming in Ecuador and the coastline of the UK, the projection is accompanied by field recordings and electronic sounds sampled from sci-fi movies.

In Crystal Worlds, the artists re-invent beehives into modernist sculpture. By combining form, texture, colour and scent (from cedar wood) the standard bee-keeping trays are transformed into monolithic, surreal columns that might or not belong to our world.

Earthwalker is a series of photographs onto which the artists draw architectural-like structures, referring geometry, kites, fungi growth or extra-terrestrial invasion. Like purposeful doodles, the drawings imbue the images with humour, fantasy or threat.



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