Brenna Murphy

Katie Torn’s Low Tide is an imagined ocean of Mermaid selfies + yoga poses before the tsunami hits at Upfor Gallery, Jul 26 – Aug 19

24 July 2017

Katie Torn is presenting solo exhibition Low Tide at Portland’s Upfor Gallery, opening July 26 and running to August 19.

The show features eight works on paper and two video installations of “overwhelmed female bodies, desperately trying to adapt to a decaying, physical world that is consumed by image and simulations.”

The press release comes with a text describing a seductive space at the ocean floor, revealed when the water recedes during the calm period before a tsunami hits. This “imagined ocean at low tide as their setting” features a series of 3D renderings, and photos the New York-based artist’s sculptures, paint, and found images, to depict yoga poses in plastic and Mermaids surrounded by the detritus of ‘Snapchat-like’ filters and special effects. 

Low Tide is the last of a series of three exhibitions — including Morehshin Allahyari and Brenna Murphy — which will culminate in a collaborative presentation, opening August 23 and running through September 2.

See the Upfor Gallery website for details.**

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30 September 2016

Portland’s Upfor Gallery is launching online exhibition space with a group exhibition, opening October 1 to January 31, 2017.

Curated by Valentina Fois, the show features work by Morehshin Allahyari, Leah Beeferman, Kate Durbin, Faith Holland, Brenna Murphy and Megan Snowe, and explores the tensions of functioning within an online space; its transience and eternity, freedoms and limitations.

Connected by a running commentary written by Kimmo Modig between all of the works, the exhibition explores these paradoxes and juxtapositions through work exploring the way we portray ourselves online and to others.

The website for the exhibition is designed by Fois and Beeferman, and additional text written by Fois, Snowe and Modig.

See the website for details.**

Kate Durbin, 'Hello Selfie Men' (2016). Photo by Anna Jacobsen. Courtesy the artist.
Kate Durbin, ‘Hello Selfie Men’ (2016). Photo by Anna Jacobsen. Courtesy the artist.

Header image: Brenna Murphy, ‘CorridorShiftExtrude (extract)’ (2016). Website. Courtesy the artist.

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Grand New @ Future Gallery, Feb 19 – Apr 2

19 February 2016

The Grand New group exhibition is on at Berlin’s Future Gallery, opening February 19 and running to April 2.

The gallery has recently moved from their space in Charlottenburg to a new location in Schöneberg, and is celebrating with an impressive line up of artists, including Emily Jones, Martin Kohout, Kareem Lotfy and Katja Novitskova.

There’s no additional information on the intent of the show but other artists involved include Oliver Laric, Brenna Murphy, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jon Rafman, Anne de Vries, and Femke Herregraven, many of who are represented by or have shown with the gallery in the past.

See the Future Gallery website for (limited) details. **

Anne de Vries, THE OIL WE EAT (2014) @ Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam. Top-bottom 'At Roquebrun' (2014) and 'Interface - Il Casolare' (2014). Courtesy the gallery.
Anne de Vries, THE OIL WE EAT (2014) @ Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam. Top-bottom ‘At Roquebrun’ (2014) and ‘Interface – Il Casolare’ (2014). Courtesy the gallery.
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Kareem Lotfy + Brenna Murphy @ Future Gallery, Oct 30 – Nov 28

28 October 2015

A new joint exhibition by Kareem Lotfy and Brenna Murphy, ParamaterChant, is on at Berlin’s Future Gallery, opening October 30 and running to November 28.

The show brings together the respective Amsterdam- and Portland-based artists who interrogate the relationship between digital practices and spaces alongside other pre-digital forms of material cultures.

For Lotfy this includes drawing on the cultural and aesthetic history of his Egyptian heritage, while Murphy designs works situated at unique intersections of the virtual and the material. For both, hybridity is a productive terrain.

See the Facebook event page  or the Future Gallery exhibition page for details **

Kareem Lotfy, 'Navajo Rug' (2014). Install shot at 'Never cargo terminal...' (2014) @ Smart Objects. Courtesy the gallery.
Kareem Lotfy, ‘Navajo Rug’ (2014). Install shot at Never cargo terminal… (2014) @ Smart Objects. Courtesy the gallery.
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Brenna Murphy @ American Medium, Oct 27

27 October 2015

Brenna Murphy‘s new book DOMAIN~LATTICE is launching with a party at New York’s  American Medium on October 27.

The book launch for the Portland-based artist and musician coincides with her solo exhibition at American Medium, skyface~ TerraceDomain running until November 16.

For her first colour book Murphy uses a hybrid-representation between patterned images and 3D landscapes, creating  “labyrinthine and glyph-strewn psychic terrains”.

The event will be introduced with a performance by MSHR at 8pm, as well as the sounds of Debbie DJs Dallas.

See the Facebook event page for details.**

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Les Oracles @ XPO Gallery, Feb 12 – Apr 4

10 February 2015

Paris’s XPO Gallery is bringing in ten artists for a science fiction-inspired show called Les Oracles, running from February 12 to April 4.

The group show, which features an all-female lineup, includes in its lineup Julieta Aranda, Juliette Bonneviot, Caroline Delieutraz, Aleksandra Domanović, Jeanette Hayes, Kristin Lucas, Brenna Murphy, Katja Novitskova, Katie Torn, and Saya Woolfalk.

Curator Marisa Olson will also be editing an exhibition catalogue to accompany the show, designed by PWR Studio and featuring a short sci-fi work by artist Claire Evans.

The media of the show is diverse, ranging from classical modes like painting and sculpture, to experimental video and animation, and using the tropes of science fiction including dystopia, cosmology, and fantasy to restructure narratives and create alternate realities.

See the Les Oracles exhibition page for details. **


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Brenna Murphy @ American Medium, Oct 16 – Nov 16

16 October 2014

American Medium is hosting Brenna Murphy‘s latest solo exhibition, titled skyface~ TerraceDomain and running at the Brooklyn’s space from October 16 to November 16.

With a string of new prints and sculptures created from her virtual objects and spaces, Murphy borrows from very material image-making traditions around the world to design works that exist both materially and virtually, or perhaps less directly and more accurately put: works that communicate in both languages.

With echoes of Buddhism that combine with the near-future aesthetics of the digital realm,  skyface~ TerraceDomain comes as an existential meditation on the real, or the modern understanding of it, with photographs of 3D rendered scapes forming complex labyrinths of human perception and sense of consciousness.

See the American Medium exhibition page for details. **


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MSHR @ Cell Project Space, Feb 27

24 February 2014

A collaboration between Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper, MSHR will be presenting their performance, Ceremonial Chamber, at London’s Cell Project Space, February 27.

Merging technology with the primal and intuitive aesthetics of folk art and spiritualism, the project engages its audience in improvised action, across hand-built electronic instruments and visual stimuli, to psychedelic effect.

MSHR have been working together, across electronic sound, organic material, light, and reflective surface, under the name since 2011, performing at Portland’s now defunct Appendix art space and working with art collective Oregon Painting Society. Murphy also produced a videogame as supplement to some MSHR tracks, InwardConchUpwardSpiral, which you can play and download here.

See the Cell Project Space website for details. **

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Looking forward by looking back at Appendix

22 February 2014

The end is as good a place to start as the beginning, especially when it comes to American Medium. It’s an until recently nomadic online and offline project that’s been running for two years, now settling in BedStuy, Brooklyn, and extending its operations to a permanent exhibition space, “office, garden sanctuary and outdoor artist’s studio”. There’s a kickstarter campaign, ending February 28, to help fund it and it’s run by two of the past six curators of art space anomaly Appendix. As key members of the renowned and now defunct suburban gallery in Portland, Travis Fitzgerald and Josh Pavlacky (along with Extra Extra’s Daniel Wallace) have plenty of experience in creating a  supportive environment for interesting artists to work within.

A collective and an art space that established itself at the forefront of the drive to grasp “the divide between the physical and the digital”, as American Medium continues to do, the Appendix retrospective and elegy to a dynamic bygone era, was conceived by some of its core members and published by Container Corps on the gallery’s close in 2013. Starting at its end, the book becomes a document deconstructing documentation and a presentation of art that interrogates ideas of framing and interpretation through its own resulting abstraction.

Appendix. Image courtesy Container Corps.
Appendix (2013). Image courtesy Container Corps.

As Fitzgerald flatly puts it in the Kevin Champoux-led interview ‘It’s a Garage, Not a Gallery: Appendix at 5 Years’ –including past curators Fitzgerald, Pavlacky, Zachary Davis, Maggie Casey, Ben Young and Alex Mackin Dolan –the space was nothing more than “a garage in a house”. Maybe so, but as said Google Hangouts conversation reveals, what began as a naïve foray into a project begun by a bunch of recent graduates who “really didn’t know anything”, Appendix became one of the most vital hubs of what you might call the ‘post-internet’ conversation (“Net art merging with formalism? It’s hard to say”).

It’s in this ordinary house “that smells vaguely of three men cohabiting in little rooms” with its two car garage-come-gallery glowing “like a television set” –according to David Knowles in ‘Full Spectrum’ –that artists like Bunny Rogers and Darja Bajagić became some of the last exhibitors in 2013. It would take a highly supportive and independent space, driven on intuition, that would make something like Bajagić’s You Ve Been A Naughty Boy [C55]
1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♘c6 3.♗c4 ♘f6 4.d4 e×d4 5.0-0 ♗c5 6.e5 d5 7.e×f6 d×c4 8.♖e1+ ♔f8 9.♗g5 g×f6 10.♗h6+ ♔g8 11.♘×d4 ♗×d4 12.c3 ♗f5 13.c×d4 ♘×d4 14.♘c3 ♗g6 15.♖e8+! ♕×e8 16.♕×d4 ♕e5 17.♘d5!!, 1-0, exhibition title fit the pages of the Appendix ‘Exhibition History’. Also listed are Tabor Robak, Justin Bland and Brenna Murphy in the early days; Sean Joseph Patrick Carney’s Boyz Night Out, and The Jogging at its satellite sister-galleries Hay Batch and Little Field. Iain Ball and Katja Novitskova making appearances online.

Jasper Spicero, Bea Fremderman, MSHR, Brian Khek and Micah Schippa also make up just a fraction of the exciting artists to show through those garage doors between 2008 and 2013, for a short residency meant as a place to sleep and support a practice in the isolation of suburban Portland. Andrew Norman Wilson swung an Apple mouse by its cord around his head while dancing to Jackson Browne’s ‘Doctor My Eyes’, according to Gene McHugh’s collaborative short story ‘Andrew Norman Wilson at Appendix Project Space’. Daniel J. Glendening took time for an atomic description of a rotating rock at the exhibition on which ‘Daniel Baird, This New Ocean’ is based –all the while submitting to that realm that Knowles describes as where “rumor and memory begin their work”. Knowles compares galleries to tombs where “acts of life and labor end”, while Amy Bernstein’s incredibly evocative stream of thoughts on “the collective voice of expressive peoples giving form to contemporary experience” in ‘When the Walls Are White’, is underpinned by a question recurring throughout Appendix: “what if the new norm was that the documentation WAS the thing?”

In the context of the Appendix book –conceived by the art space curators, curating documents of exhibitions they already curated –it’s both interesting and overwhelming to consider the infinite  interpretations and abstractions of an artist’s work and the ‘creative degradation’ that happens within that. After all, Appendix the book is first hand experience, bound, framed and formatted through text and photography. Those exhibitions, in turn were the product of intense critique and conversation between artist and curator, constructing a unique exhibition tailored to the dimensions of a unique space. Even this very overview on this particular website is framing the book, the gallery, and the work in a way that is specific to its relevance to the continued and evolving ‘net art’ conversation at American Medium. It’s for this reason that perhaps the most thought provoking piece comes from Lisa Radon’s closing ‘APPENDIX’ (or Appendix appendix, Appendix appendix appendix, even). It’s a fascinating deconstruction of communication as embedded in and limited to its lexicon, building on Bernstein’s initial question: “when we look back at this time in art history what will we remember?”

Appendix. Image courtesy Container Corps.
Appendix (2013). Image courtesy Container Corps.

Equal parts enlightening and indecipherable, across computer coding, Finnegan’s Wake footnotes and seemingly endless postscripts, ‘APPENDIX’ interrogates Appendix as both art space and idea, through Minecraft, CSS and the history of the American residential garage. “Do you remember a time before things were so codified, ossified?” Radon asks, in relation to the visual signifier of “the ransom note typography of the Sex Pistols” that a Finnish punk band, also called Appendix, borrows as its logotype. Rózsa Farkas questions historicity in ‘Five Years’, outlining the progress of DIY gallery movements of the past to illustrate their effects on the present and leading to the conclusion that artist-run spaces “now have to deal with the marketability of art that older movements brought about”.

Hence, the vitality of Appendix and now American Medium, self-funded and caught in Knowles’ “looping progress of time”, where artists and curators return to carry on and build upon “the full spectrum suspended present available to us immediately and always”, within these realms of net art now contained within the walls of a space in Brooklyn. It’s here that one wonders whether this new more permanent space, with its defined public function, will no longer be the dynamic hinterland only a re-purposed residential garage “stuck somewhere between lost histories and unimaginable futures” could be, but the “relic, a piece of evidence” Glendining outlined in his fetishistic examination of a rock. There’s really only one way to find out. **

Appendix was a gallery based in Portand, Oregon. The kickstarter campaign for funding American Medium’s  new space in Brooklyn is running till February 28, 2013.

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