UNSEEN | Jan Murray

Unseen continues Murray's enduring exploration of the traditions of trompe l’oeil and investigation of the ‘anatomy’ of painting - specifically the relationship between the intrinsic and extrinsic architecture of the two dimensional canvas and the wall on which it is installed.

Art Exhibition currently on at BLINDSIDE in Flinders Lane precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 03 October 2018 to Saturday 20 October 2018
Launch Thursday 04 October 2018, 6-8pm

UNSEEN | Jan Murray image

Published by anonymous on Wednesday 04 April 2018.
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Small paintings of air vent/grilles/chutes and similar architectural utilities are installed to masquerade as functional architectural elements throughout the Gallery and disappear into the white cube. These works are faithfully modeled on examples from various buildings throughout Melbourne including the Nicholas Building as well as those made in Berlin from a three-month residency at the Phasmid Studios in Marzahn (July-Sept 2017). This work alludes to the possibility of these functional elements not only enabling breath by means of ventilation or air circulation but hearing as they perform like ears – almost listening to the building’s activity. Perhaps too, they metaphorically operate as eyes – allowing a glimpse into the past and the rich history embodied in the Nicholas Building – acting as conduits to hidden ‘realities’.