2731 Prospect Contemporary Art permanently closed on April 22, 2017
Shimmering Schemata is Michelle Murphy’s first solo exhibition at 2731 Prospect. Murphy works primarily in photography to engage with a thought-provoking mix of issues including beauty and female identity, consumerism and our collective relationship to the Media.
Much of Murphy’s content is mined from her daily life where she has spent time as both a government employee and a curious consumer. Her consumer engagement involves a continuous exploration of beauty products, cultural roles and societal values. In her recent series of photographs, the majority of Murphy’s source material actually comes from the aisles of the local CVS store. Specifically, the beauty products aisle that features a near endless selection of sparkly false eyelashes, fluorescent-colored artificial fingernails, tubes of glistening lipstick and palettes of shimmering eye shadow powders. Ironically, shopping for cosmetics is not an altogether different experience than browsing the aisles of an art supply store.
In her vividly colorful photographs, Murphy makes this art/beauty/commerce connection as she draws a visual parallel between crisply displayed blocks of colorful eye shadows and geometric Op Art painting. Her tiny eye shadow palettes reproduced at a greatly enhanced scale and multiplied in repeating patterns, lose their original significance and gain new meanings.
Michelle Murphy received her BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004. Since then, her work has been published internationally and exhibited in Paris, Geneva, NYC, Chicago and San Francisco. Murphy worked as professional photographer for 11 years at the NASA Glenn Research Center. She was also the Founder/Director of Micro Art Space located in Cleveland and continues to serve as the curator for the arts and culture magazine, MAKE8BELIEVE. She is currently in the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and will receive her degree in 2017. Originally from Cleveland, Murphy is now based in Chicago.
Please join us in the gallery on Saturday, July 23 at 2:00 pm for an artist’s talk by Michelle Murphy.