Some Great Reward: The Specters of Capital

Saturday, Jul 11 – Aug 16, 2020

1717 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201

Featuring Morgan Craig

Morgan Craig has exhibited throughout the U.S.A. Canada, Europe, and Australia, including SPACES in Cleveland, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts and the Australian National University. Craig has received numerous awards including, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant (2009, 2019), the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2007, 2011), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship (2006, 2008). He has also been invited to several residencies including, Cite Internationale des Arts, the Macdowell Colony, UCross, Proekt Fabrika in Moscow, and Red Gate in Beijing. Selections from his oeuvre were recently featured in several solo exhibitions, including Vanderbilt, University of Central Florida, and Colorado State University.  Last summer, he participated in residencies at Paul Artspace, St. Louis, MO., the Resident Artist Program in Silver City, NV, and the Munandi Art Space in Lusaka, Zambia. This past fall, he had a solo exhibition at Binghamton University. Later this year, he will have a solo exhibition at both Evanston Arts Center in Evanston, IL, and Western Nevada College in Carson City, NV.



I believe that architectural structures acting as both repositories and as vehicles for memory profoundly influence culture and identity by providing a tangible framework through which facets of a society can be expressed. Consequently, I have been inspired to build a body of work dealing with how identity is influenced by the types of architectural edifices present in a given landscape. My work is not merely a method of documentation, but a sociopolitical/socioeconomic commentary on the effects of hubris, avarice, free trade, outsourcing, deregulation, deterritorialization, neoliberalism, obsolescence, and international-finance-capital upon communities throughout the world. Within the realm of Jacques Derrida’s theory of Hauntology, the paintings speak of the slow disintegration of the future, and the abysmal fragmentation of the past.


Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 4:00pm