Drawing on a range of theoretical and art-historical sources, James Murray’s work takes the photographic as a critical concept and as an interdisciplinary art practice.
Desire Works addresses the core preoccupations of Murray’s practice. Questions of touch, trace, surface, materiality and the desired body are explored through a range of gestures, resulting in a self-reflexive installation that seeks points of tension between abstraction and figuration.
Underpinning these thematic concerns is an ongoing reflection on the processes involved with the production of the work itself. Here Murray proposes an allegorical relationship between the notion of desire as a self-perpetuating drive and the studio space as a site for the enactment of desire, the pursuit of the unattainable object, of perfection in form.
James Murray (B.1988) lives and works in Brighton UK. Recent exhibitions include Desire Works (solo) Project78 Gallery St Leonards on Sea UK, Old 16 / New 17 (group show) at Stephane Simeons Fine Art Knokke, Belgium, Athens Photo Festival at the Benaki Museum, Athens Greece, NYC Art Book Fair–Daily Life Storage (portfolio presentation) PS1 MOMA, NYC USA, Screened(group show) Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton UK, East Sussex Open at Towner Gallery Eastbourne UK
James’s next show Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing shows at Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art Knokke, Belgium 20 May – 4 July 2017.
For more on James work, visit his site here.