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Carol Murphy + Jacek Wańkowski, Closing 16 June

The current exhibitions by CAROL MURPHY and JACEK WAŃKOWSKI will be on view until Saturday 16th of June, 2012.

Carol Murphy‘s wry sense of humor is found throughout her collection of new work in imago and is celebrated in the dramatic ceramic figure, ‘Drink Me‘. A bald woman, sits with her legs akimbo in a very unladylike manner, wearing a rouge bra, lace panties and stripy stockings whilst chugging a bottle of beer. The titles of the two works pictured below are from a poem written for the exhibition by Murphy last year…

“if one eats cake …one grows bigger.
drink me
can you live on cake alone.”

The stainless steel sculptures by Jacek Wańkowski are set against black walls to illuminate their reflective flat planes. Displaying rhythmic lines and forms, each geometric sculpture presents a stage in the biological process of metamorphosis, which is also the title of his show. Wańkowski has embodied his pieces with characteristics of the fundamental elements found in nature through the use of enamel paint discreetly colouring the elongated tips.

Carol Murphy + Jacek Wańkowski, Opening 29 May

Please join us for drinks
with the Artists

Saturday 2 June 4-6pm

Carol Murphy’s new exhibition titled imago explores change and body image, referencing story telling and social media. The small, therianthropic ceramic sculptures depict both transformations and Murphy’s playful nature.

Jacek Wańkowski states that the stainless steel abstract sculptures in Metamorphosis “investigate ideas of perception, of known and unknown things that engage the forces of nature and of change and growth.”

Stockroom Collection: Artworks with Animals

Click each thumbnail for a large image and artwork details. Artists included in this collection: Tanmaya Bingham, Tammie Castles, Will Coles, Todd Fuller, James Guppy, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Helena Leslie, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Janet Parker-Smith and Jimmy Rix.

 

Focus On: Carol Murphy

Throughout art history the reoccurring theme of ‘the embrace’ has permeated visual imagery. Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein among others have created works based on this motif. Carol Murphy, in her 2009 exhibition Interspace, portrayed notions of connectivity in her sculptures, one of which conveys an embrace of two figures. This work, entitled ‘Embrace,’ does not feature the lust, romance and passion of other works developed around this theme, as it is contrarily pensive and quiet. ‘Embrace’ depicts a female bust with a male bust behind it. It looks as if the hand and arm of the man is reaching through the woman’s chest in order to hold her and pull her closer. The subdued grey hue used, and the mild expressions portrayed, allows this work to have a pared-back and simple beauty. ‘Embrace,’ which is representative of its exhibition Interspace emotionally and stylistically, conveys a physical and figurative complex relationship of lack and fulfillment. As explained in the exhibition statement, Murphy’s intentions were to “…explore the connectivity between forms: examining negative spaces, inner spaces and the spaces created by the removal of matter.”

Left to right: Carol Murphy, ‘Embrace’ 2009, ceramic, 46 x 29 x 26cm; Carol Murphy, ‘Enid (is equipped for all situations)’ 2011, ceramic on timber base, 40.5 x 13 x 10cm

Murphy’s colour palette may have been restricted and her figures minimalist in this exhibition, but she has another line of work that is playful, intricate and full of colour. In Murphy’s 2011 exhibition The importance of being Ernest… no Enid this side to her work was in full fruition. The Josephine Baker inspired ‘I Got Hungry,’ her ‘Ouch! I said pin-up girl!’ and her appropriation of the character Enid from the Ghost World comics, ‘Enid (is equipped for all situations),’ all have an adorably fun element to them. The thick-limbed figures have a child-like innocence despite their often quite adult characterisations.

Left to right: Carol Murphy, ‘Spot Wants To Play Too’ 2012, ceramic, timber, metal, 39.5 x 11 x 7.5cm; Carol Murphy, ‘Empty Woman’ 2008, ceramic, timber base, 41 x 13 x 12cm; Carol Murphy, ‘Ouch! I said pin-up girl!’ 2008, ceramic, metal, fibre, on timber base, 43 x 14 x 8cm

The most recent work by Murphy in the Gallery is ‘Spot Wants To Play Too.’ This anthropomorphic male figure is attached to a timber base and stands with his hands by his sides. This is the first obviously male figure Murphy has created in a number of years and is a companion piece to the 2011 exhibition. It is a quite detailed piece, with each individual toenail scratched out and painted. The pink spotted green shorts he is wearing displays a protruding package, playing into the adult-innocence paradox prominent in her work, as mentioned earlier. The head of the figure is obviously a mixture of human and canine with its downward ears and melancholy expression representative of the work’s title. Also in the Gallery at the moment is her paired-back and stylised piece ‘Empty Woman’ and when displayed with works such as ‘Spot Wants To Play Too,’ it is interesting to see Murphy’s dichotomous styles interacting.

2002 Self-Portrait Exhibition

As we prepared for our current group exhibition of self-portraiture titled In The Mirror, we looked back into our archives at the 2002 exhibition of the same theme. A number of our Represented Artists exhibited in the 2002 show including Robert Boynes, Jim Croke, James Guppy, Carol Murphy, Lezlie Tilley and Peter Tilley. A selection of their work is included above.

Come and join us tomorrow to celebrate the opening of In The Mirror from 4-6pm.

New in the Stockroom: Carol Murphy ‘The Water Catcher

Carol Murphy, ‘The Water Catcher’ 2010, high fired earthware, 21.5 x 31 x 14cm

Carol Murphy’s ceramic sculpture ‘The Water Catcher’ is made with high fired earthware and is intended to be installed outside. The work features a deep bowl-like indentation in the stomach of the figure which was created to collect rainwater. According to Murphy, ‘melted iron spots and impurities make the speckled surface’ with the work sanded smooth but left unglazed. The stylised, sculpted figure exploring positive and negative space was last used by Murphy in her 2008 exhibition, ‘Sculptural Forms III.’