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Posted on: Sunday, May 21, 2006

'Gamodeme' comes to Contemporary Museum

Advertiser Staff

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British artist Paul Morrison flies into Honolulu tomorrow to put the finishing touches on his installation at The Contemporary Museum.

In April, museum staff built a poolside wall, and earlier this month, Morrison's assistant arrived to install the artist's almost 50-foot-wide landscape.

But don't think pastoral green scenes Morrison is known for his oversize stark, graphic renderings of trees, ferns, dandelions, often painted (in acrylic) directly on a gallery's walls.

For The Contemporary Museum, after casing the grounds in March, he created "Gamo-deme" (above). The scientific term refers to an isolated community of intrabreeding organisms, and Morrison uses it to label his stylized flowers, obscuring a medieval half-timbered house a reference to Albrecht Durer's 15th-century engraving, "Madonna, Christ Child, and Monkey."

The bold image will shake up the museum's tranquil garden.

Part of the museum's O2art project series, aimed at introducing people to the work of international artists, "Gamo-deme" will be on view for the public indefinitely, starting Friday.