BRENNA MURPHY: AXIS SPREAD

June 28 – July 22, 2017
Artist reception Wednesday, July 5, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
First Thursday art walk July 6, 6:00 to 8:00 pm (artist present)

THE WORK

Brenna Murphy returns to Portland from New York to configure a labyrinthian floor installation using her digitally-fabricated sculptural elements, textiles and found objects such as rocks, rope and foam. From the start of the exhibition until the First Thursday art walk on July 6, Murphy will rearrange the installation every evening while the gallery is closed, exercising pathways between mental architecture and spatial relationships. This is the second in a series of exhibitions at Upfor featuring work by women media artists.

THE ARTIST

Brenna Murphy (American, b. 1986 in Edmonds, WA) is a New York-based artist and musician engaging with analog, virtual, post-digital methods of creation. In addition to her solo practice, Murphy is a collaborator with performance art collectives MSHR and Oregon Painting Society. Murphy received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR (2009).

Recent solo presentations of her work occurred at American Medium, New York; And/Or Gallery, Los Angeles; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany and Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan, Italy. Her work has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Monterrey, Milan, Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Notable group exhibitions include This is What Sculpture Looks Like at Postmasters and The New Romantics at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York. Murphy recently won Foto Museum's 2016 Post-Photography Prototyping Prize.