Ciaran Murphy (1978, Ireland) will present new paintings for his second solo show at the gallery.
His work takes the form of enigmatic large and small-scaled works in oils on paper or canvas. Although simple at first glance, these paintings can be complex and contradictory. The subject deals predominantly with ideas of the ‘natural world’, how humans observe and categorize nature in an attempt to understand it as well as the dialectic tension between ideas of nature and technology.
In Ciarán Murphy’s (1978 Mayo, IE) paintings we encounter an unsettling array of things; sticks, rocks, martian landscapes, insects, interiors, hands, letters, blank screens, architectural feature and geometric shapes. Objects seem in varying states of flux: things float, or seem in the midst of changing form, while other things seem barely there, are entirely absent, or in various states of becoming. They all seem to have in one way or another a vexed relationship to gravity.
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