One of the new electrical tape drawings, currently showing at Beers Contemporary in London.
Recently I’ve been experimenting witch creating smaller tape drawings whilst trying to preserve the new level of detail I’ve been doing. Partially because they are challenging, but also because they are easier to transport.
Towards the end of February I will be exhibiting at Subliminal Projects in LA, and some of these new smaller tape drawings will be going there. This one has sold already though and won’t be.
A4 – electrical tape on glass
Here are a few install shots of the gallery space, more to follow.
Show is still on at Beers London until the 13th of February.
Preview: Thursday 14 January 6-9pm
Exhibition: 15 Jan. – 13 Feb. 2016
Murphy is known primarily for his graphic, time-consuming installations created entirely out of black electrical tape, resulting in a stark recognisable aesthetic. This is borrowed from German expressionism, which in turn creates a subject matter that takes inspiration from Romantic literature and the history of the vanitas in art.
The artist lives in London, where he tirelessly works both in and out of studio to plan and execute elaborate tape-based drawings. Murphy’s images work on many plains of perspective and contain various contradictory elements that contain an on-going narrative or macabre. A decadent story-arc is hinted throughout, with the work referencing a range of sources mainly from poetry and classic literature, specifically creating a mystical aura around the work and allowing the spectator to create their own meaning surrounding the work.
Above – After The Day After (2015) Electrical tape on glass
Gilded Chaos opens in just under two weeks. Here are ‘In Their Entrails’ (top) and ‘For Broadmoor’ (bottom) Click photos to enlarge. All works will be new electrical tape drawings, created in 2015, never before exhibited.
Private View – 6pm-9pm January 14th BEERS Contemporary Near Old Street Tube in East London. The show then runs until the 13th of February.
Join the Facebook event for more information
Widewalls did a nice post about it too – http://www.widewalls.ch/benjamin-murphy-exhibition-beers-london/
Also presales have already begun, please email the gallery to enquire – email@example.com
Last month I was invited to participate in the Jacopo Negretti inspired exhibition at Traffic Gallery in Italy.
I decided to go over and get inspired by the town in which he lived, before creating the works for the show.
Above are the two tape drawings I created for the show: After Negroni 1 & 2.
Thanks to Roberto Ratti and Traffic Gallery.