Artist's Talk - Mark Murphy

CountyWest Midlands (GB142)
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West Midlands (GB142)
Tel 2019-01-24
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Renowned artist Mark Murphy will be giving a talk about his work and process at the gallery where a number of his images are currently being exhibited.   Murphy plays with scale and form to produce simple, surreal pieces. Appropriating pictures from books and magazines from the past 60 years, his work reflects upon modern culture by literally slicing apart its imagery and reassembling it into striking, disjointed combinations. Based on random associations of discordant images, his compositions can be humorous, uncanny, political and thought provoking. From its roots in early Twentieth Century Dadaism, collage is a medium that allows the artist to experiment with the physicality of photographic images by tearing them up and reassembling them into visually stimulating composites that are simultaneously serious and playful.  By exploiting the opportunity to go beyond photography’s innate ability to represent reality exactly as it is, artists are able to create reinterpreted worlds that foster fresh visions and ideas.

Often satirical and nonsensical in nature, the resultant assemblages all at once form subtle critiques of modern society, question the idea of what art is and deconstruct the idea of the photograph.

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