Gallery Writeup

I attended a talk by Brian Murphy at the Llewellyn Gallery in the Science and Engineering Technology Building on Alfred State Campus on Thursday October 27, 2016. He discussed his inspiration behind and design process of his collection of works titled, “The Ability to Name Things Has Escaped Me.”

Murphy assembles his video clips a frame at a time which gives him the opportunity to rearrange and change things. A physiological effect is had on the audience by watching single frames proceed into a video. He worked with minuscule elements when creating his psychedelic self portrait and manipulated it with sound based on his own DNA sequence. He also photographed the images used in the wrestling ring clip himself. The sequence of images of the woman dancing in a circle was shot in the late 60s as part of a film called the Holy Ghost. It was originally a six second clip that he elongated and slowed down to approximately 12 minutes total. His tactics make each clip he makes unique.

Murphy originally worked with still life photography and began to explore the art of combining filmmaking and photography. He works with appropriated imagery and takes some photos to use in his videos himself, while using others from previously made films. An amplifier is used during his creative process to pull images apart so he can elongate and modify each frame. He pursues this form of art, because he finds a purpose in making an uninteresting image into something eye-catching or making a small piece or second in a video that is interesting into a main focal point. He has an eye for the intriguing.

Murphy disclosed in his talk that sometimes images fall apart in the middle of working on them. He must then start over. His patience and persistence has contributed to his success; this is pertinent to Digital Foundations I as students try to find and develop their style. Murphy slows down frames to catch interesting things and pulls apart a clip of something that isn’t interesting to make it so. This requires serious involvement in your work in order to catch the little things that could make an extraordinary piece. Specifically, this presentation demonstrated that deconstruction of images can be an interesting and respectable art form. He showed his audience the possibilities of using glitch and gifs, which we can in turn use in our current Digital Foundations I projects. Murphy expressed frustration with the process of creating his art but said it was something he enjoys and is still pursuing. This shows that you should stick with the things you are passionate about even when your love for it is tested with challenges.

Brian Murphy is someone that Digital Media and Animation and Graphic and Media Design students can pull inspiration from. His deconstructed images are unique and intense. His stress on individual frames is dedication that we as students can admire and pursue in our own work.


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