Gallery 16 is thrilled to welcome artist Martin McMurray back to the gallery for his second solo exhibition. We will present a large survey of McMurray's idiosyncratic paintings. The Detroit native has developed an international following for his work that is often likened to Jim Nutt, Jockum Nordström, H.C. Westermann and Philip Guston.
McMurray is a painter whose modestly sized works are charged with emotional human drama. The narrative scenarios in his work frequently deal with the history and tragedy of human mistakes. His work is charged with the complexity of lifes daily routines, rituals and anxieties. He often paints a single scenario in a serialized trio of paintings each offering a slight variation on the related narrative. These serialized suites offer a commentary on the chance and fragility of our possible futures.
The artist will also present a large group of nearly 100 paintings that take the form of imaginary books, fashioned out of wood and painted in a tromp l'oeil manner. These dense unyielding objects force the viewer to concoct our own potential storyline, offering us only the title and authors image on the back of each book.
McMurray's work has been featured in "Historical Consciousness: the 2006 California Biennale" at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, and in exhibitions at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada. He has had other solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Galerie Nouvelle Images, The Hague, Netherlands. He is a recipient of a 2009 Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation. McMurray lives and works in Berkeley, California.
Opening Reception Friday, October 5th, 6-9 PM
Exhibition will run from October 5th through December 1st
Live music and libations
We have extended the dates of our current exhibition, "Disputed Episodes" with artist Martin McMurray till December 21st. The show has been very well received and will be featured in the January issue of ARTillary magazine. If you haven't had a chance to see the show, we highly recommend it, its well worth the trip.