Up or down, it's all the same: in Gent or Venice
John Murphy 1945, UK
In this way it is a figure of the real. For John Murphy an exhibition is the special place of intervals. A place where works of art placed side by side may start to compose their own history. A place of endless returnings of repeated new beginnings, where works of art become unstable, unfixed, forever filled with new readings and unstable meanings.
G. Tiepolo (1727 - 1804)
Pulcinella's swing (1783)
Sala dei Pulcinella
Sala dei Pulcinella
“And things throw light on things. ”
This catalogue was published alongside Murphy's exhibition at Ikon in November 2004. The artist ’s practice is one of arrangement and intervention. He suggests that “the role of the artist is as much to find as to make work.” Murphy has selected works from the Barber Institute collection and positioned these alongside his own works, in which he re-contextualises found images and text. Through juxtaposition, he creates subliminal associations and traverses disciplines such as painting, music and film. Murphy draws on the process of accumulation, whereby the viewer retains memories of things that shape perceptions of other things yet to be encountered.
Birgmingham, GB: IKON Gallery, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, 2004
32 pp (Eng)
Design: Filiep Tacq and John Murphy
“The Sublime Void”
on the memory of the imagination
24 contemporary artists, who in their work bare witness to an artistic conscienceness that is grounded in European culture and in it´s centuries old myths and allegories.
Ludion Ghent, Antwerpen 93, 1993
280 pp (Nl/Eng)
Design: Filiep Tacq and Bart Cassiman
Poster as part of the exhibition and printed on 100 copies
John Murphy1945, United Kingdom
—(Between the Acts).
—And things throw light on things.
—Stanze del Camino di Mezzo.
—Le regard de l’autre, Dialogue entre les collections du Frac Haute Normandie et du Musée des BeauxArts de Rouen.
—Armes blanches, homage a James Lee Byars.
—The way up and the way down.
—A Conversation Piece, with Juliâo Sarmento,
—A different constellation.
—On the incline of our tongue.
See catalogue Villa Arson, Nice
for a comprehensive list of exhibitions up to 1997