Kyle Morland was born in Johannesburg and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. After receiving a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town (UCT: 2009), Morland has since gone on to feature in numerous local and international exhibitions.
Through the manipulation of aluminium and steel, Morland’s sculptures address issues of subjectivity and social representation, expressing a fascination with spatial relations.
The scale of his sculptural work often compels viewers to measure themselves against the work. His archetypal contorted steel sculptures speak of a playful engagement with contrasting notions of form; large and small, light and heavy, interior and exterior, full and empty. Morland recycles the offcuts of his sculptures to make new work, re-evaluating the use and reuse of commonly discarded items and considering their potential for creative expression.
Noteworthy solo exhibitions include Assemble (2016), Node (2015) and Falsework (2011) which were held at Blank Projects in Cape Town. Morland’s work was featured as part of Cape Town Art Fair’s special project, Tomorrows/Today (2016), curated by Ruth Simbao and Azu Nwagbogu; Furniture (Blank Projects, Cape Town: 2015); Flag New York City at Performa 13 (New York: 2013) and Working Title (Goodman Gallery, Cape Town: 2012). In 2009, Morland received the Michaelis Merit Award and in 2007, was the recipient of the Irma Stern Award.