Oil on linen with cloth and rubber glove attachment
219,7 × 166,4 cm
In ‘Thor’ (2008), Malcolm Morley presents the figure of a motocross rider as a mythic hero, creating a kind of contemporary American mythology in paint.
The penciled grid at the edges and painted bits of paper under the racer undercuts Morley’s photorealism, and an actual racing glove (made by a famous moto gear manufacturer – ‘Thor Motocross’) pinned to the painting’s lower right corner also draws attention to the racer’s immateriality.
‘Malcolm Morley’, Sperone Westwater, New York, 16 April – 20 June, 2009
‘Malcolm Morley: Seven Paintings’, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, 4 March-10 May, 2010