The Problem of Nothing Michael Morris, The Problem of Nothing, 1966.

Michael Morris


Chosen by: Annick Boisset, President of the Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery


“The minute I saw this artwork at a Gallery exhibition a few years ago, I was drawn to it. What is it? Pop Art was my first attempt at an answer. That cartoon-like speech balloon. But, there were no words inside or around. Then I tried OpArt, for its brightly coloured, chiseled hard-edge abstract stripes of the then post-modernist art movement. But what about that shape in the middle? Some talking head in profile maybe, or just the brain? Definitely something or someone engaging me directly from a metal gray podium or pedestal.


Besides my fairly recent commitment to art, some know of my love of numbers. I have also always found special beauty in geometric shapes and formal logic. So, I now see in this Michael Morris work an abstract question mark, challenging the viewer to think hard. No specific question, mind you. Therefore, no right or wrong answer. So, just pause, and pose your own problem about anything, everything or… as suggested by its oxymoronic title… nothing.”


Michael Morris, The Problem of Nothing, 1966. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Centennial Award Purchase Prize. Photo: Robert Keziere.

Annick Boisset is the president of the Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery and a member of the Board of Trustees. The Associates are members of the Gallery who are devoted to supporting the Gallery through art-related social, educational, service and fundraising initiatives. You can find out more about them here

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