January 21st – April 21st, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21st, 6–8pm
“With these paintings I am interested in liminal states, waking states, fictions, hallucinations or outlands. The shapes in these paintings are under influence of each other, they change the nature of the space between them. If one shape changes, the whole gesture changes. These relationships are mathematical or musical. The sum of the parts, I hope, are transportative. metaphoric or poetic.
“Working in the studio, drawings, paintings, and wooden constructions inform each other. Paintings happen alongside drawings, alongside collages and constructions. Their development is non-linear but integrated.
“When jumping off a swing as a child there is a moment where one seems to hang in the air. When one is between moving up and falling down. The experience is as close to flight as I could imagine being. Movement and time seemed suspended, as if a second in time could last hours. Neither completely here nor there. I think about this when trying to clarify my ideas in these paintings.” — Matthew Murphy
Matthew Murphy is a Boston-based painter who teaches painting and drawing at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. He studied painting and received his MFA from University of Washington in Seattle and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and he has shown work at Massachusetts College of Art, Laconia Gallery in Boston, University of Arkansas, U Mass Boston, Emanuel College, and in Richmond, VA. In January his work will feature in a group show, “Idle Trades,” at the New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, MA, and a solo show at FP3 Gallery in South Boston. He once hit two back-to-back inside-the-park home runs in D-league Softball.
View more of Matt’s work at Matt-Murphy.com.