Delightful and uncanny

By GREG COOK  |  January 8, 2014

MILES TO GO 'Untitled (Tire)' by Morrill.

Providence sculptor Jamey Morrill often works abstractly — an inner tube studded with baby bottle nipples, PVC pipes networking blue chicken wire lumps, boulders made from green plastic soda bottles bound with red string. In “Theory of Everything” at Yellow Peril Gallery (60 Valley St, Providence, through January 12), he bundles sticks with string and paints everything white. Sometimes they appear as curious growths sprouting from a punching bag or stool or inside a tire. They make me think of a quote from the painter Jasper Johns: “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” These sculptures feel like Morrill has stopped too soon, like they’re ideas and forms still developing.

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