Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(starting August 30)
We are pleased to present Freedom of Assembly, a solo exhibition by Boston-based artist Matt Murphy. Murphy’s site-specific installation of meticulously constructed shaped canvases and drawing evokes maps or blueprints that have been erased and redrawn repeatedly, highlighting the artist’s persistent investigation of composition, color, and form.
This exhibition presents a single painting made from 20 shaped canvases on a single wall, along with one of several process drawings that informed the painting. The painting was created in response to the specific proportion of the wall: 335 inches by 114 inches.
The work draws kinesthetic relationships between shapes and the space they inhabit. The intention of the painting is to evoke liminal states, waking states, and fantasies. The shapes in these paintings are under the influence of each other, changing the nature of the space between them. If the shapes move or change color, the whole gesture changes. I see these relationships as mathematical or musical. Color in is not referential; it straddles the real and imaginary. Color is material and exists in this world but seeks to expose a world of fantasy.
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