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Ryan Sarah Murphy Site Lines

April 2 to May 2, 2015


Platform Gallery is pleased to present new collage work by New York-based Ryan Sarah Murphy. This is Ryan’s first exhibition with the gallery. “My creative process generates from a wholly intuitive place, prompted by the materials that come and go freely within my day-to-day experience. My current work consists of wall-mounted, collaged constructions made of found cardboard, a highly utilized, indispensable and yet seemingly valueless component of daily life. As a compulsively overlooked throw-away, I am interested in how this simple, abundant and inherently impermanent material can be structured into quiet surfaces conveying both formation and dilapidation simultaneously. Also included in some of these pieces are the covers of used & discarded hard-backed books. Offering a set ground to build from, I am drawn to the colorful blankness of these torn bindings and the empty space created in their missing pages.

“There are certain rules or self-imposed limitations within the making of my work that provide a general structure or jumping off point. For instance there is never any paint or additional color applied to the pieces; the color is strictly that of the cardboard or cover. Any text, printing, pages, or representational graphics are cut/torn away from the cardboard and books, and the remaining shapes and forms are what get used. The surfaces are not treated in any way to prevent the material from changing or deteriorating as it naturally will.

“Each composition, though abstracted to a degree, has a foundation that appears grounded and somewhat logically organized. I have found these collages, suggesting odd terrains of shifting perspectives, to be the result of a subconscious examination of space – both the concrete environment of the city and the interior dwelling of the self. Much like the natural and artificial landscape that we both inhabit and construct, these collages serve as a tenuous meeting point of architectural and abstract elements.”

Ryan Sarah Murphy is a visual artist living and working in New York. In 2001 she received her BFA-Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts. Her collage-based work is process-driven and incorporates the use of found and repurposed materials. From 2012-2014 she held a studio residency at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and was recently awarded a fellowship grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries across the US including ODETTA Gallery (Brooklyn), Mixed Greens Gallery (NY), Lesley Heller Workspace (NY), Liliana Bloch Gallery (Dallas), The Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT), and Radiator Arts (Long Island City, NY).

Image: Purview, 2014, found cardboard and foamcore, 14.25 x 11 x .75 inches

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