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GRIMM is pleased to announce Hundreds of Nature, a solo exhibition of paintings by Ciarán Murphy at our New York space. This is the artist’s sixth solo presentation with the gallery and his second solo exhibition in New York.

The intimate scaled works that make up Ciarán Murphy’s new exhibition evoke the documentation of a journey, something akin to the discovery of a long-lost roll of film. The images seem to echo how frozen time can re-surface, revealing fragments of encounters with strange places, complete with its inconsistencies, gaps and enigmas.

Many of the forms that appear throughout this exhibition are recognizable – sea creatures, rocks etc. – but they are almost always fleeting. They are partial objects in the process of fusing back into their settings. Throughout there is a subtle play with boundaries and proximities- in some places birds are seen up close but violently cropped while in other places inanimate rocks seem as lively as the creatures that move around them.


Works

In the scrub

Ciarán Murphy

2018

Watercolour, gouache on paper

23.5 x 32.5 cm | 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 in

Intermission

Ciarán Murphy

2018

Watercolour, gouache, oil on paper

23.5 x 32.5 cm | 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 in

Sighting 1

Ciarán Murphy

2018

Watercolour, gouache tempera on paper

23.5 x 32.5 cm | 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 in

Sighting 2

Ciarán Murphy

2018

Watercolour, gouache tempera on paper

23.5 x 32.5 cm | 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 in

Only just landed

Ciarán Murphy

2018

Gouache, tempera, oil on paper

23.5 x 32.5 cm | 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 in

Sometime last week

Ciarán Murphy

2018

Watercolour, gouache tempera on paper

23.5 x 32.5 cm | 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 in


Artists

Ciarán Murphy

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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