The artist’s usual references to everyday items that are re-cast and spruced up admit steel’s utilitarian purpose in our lives, while elevating the metal’s status to a luxury. Many of the new works on display as part of “Steel Life Crisis
” (at Almine Rech
’s Mayfair location) take on the abstract forms of art history, rather than real-life objects. The wall-mounted pieces of the “Target Painting” series are reworkings of ’s
protractor paintings, as shown by their segments and curves. Their mirror-like surfaces at once reflect and fragment the viewer’s image, distorting their likeness, while calling for visual interaction. Morrison’s transformations of steel once again make for surprising effects: Minimal Heartthrob
and Minimal Glock
(both 2015) belie our expectations; their surfaces in relief appear like cushioned and stitched fabric, not alloy-hard metal.