Bennett Morris Studies Fear Underwater

01.08.10 Will Sherman

Later this month, Bennett Morris unveils some beautifully disastrous photos with the opening of “Climate Untamed,” his solo show at Williamsburg’s Like the Spice Gallery. The Maine-based artist builds large-scale dioramas, handcrafted from pieces of model kits, bits of trash and other building materials. These careful constructions are then drowned in water as paint and color are added to create ethereal, underwater landscapes. Out of Morris’ soaked study of beauty, fear, and “the diluted modern politics of ‘Shock and awe,'” come these photographs, simultaneously dark and delightful.

“Climate Untamed,” January 22 – February 5, Like the Spice Gallery, 224 Roebling Street