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Ryan Sarah Murphy
updated: 09/01/2014
website: www.ryansarahmurphy.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Almost
Check
Fix
Hinder
Mile
stilt
blue pool
slant
hive
level
purple velvet
quicker
first
scene
riser
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, landscape, process, collage
 
 
Almost by Ryan Sarah Murphy
Almost
cardboard on book page
2014
12 1/2" x  11" 
Check by Ryan Sarah Murphy
Check
cardboard on book page
2014
11 1/2" x  8 1/2" 
Fix by Ryan Sarah Murphy
Fix
cardboard on book page
2014
12" x  9" 
Hinder by Ryan Sarah Murphy
Hinder
cardboard on book page
2014
11 1/4" x  8 3/4" 
Mile by Ryan Sarah Murphy
Mile
cardboard on book page
2014
11 1/4" x  9 1/4" 
stilt by Ryan Sarah Murphy
stilt
cardboard on black paper
2013
12 " x  9 " 
blue pool by Ryan Sarah Murphy
blue pool
cardboard paper
2013
12 " x  9 " 
slant by Ryan Sarah Murphy
slant
cardboard on black paper
2013
12 " x  10.5 " 
hive by Ryan Sarah Murphy
hive
cardboard on black paper
2013
12.25 " x  9.25 " 
level by Ryan Sarah Murphy
level
cardboard on black paper
2013
12.75 " x  9 " 
purple velvet by Ryan Sarah Murphy
purple velvet
cardboard on black paper
2013
12.5 " x  9 " 
quicker by Ryan Sarah Murphy
quicker
cardboard on black paper
2013
12 " x  9 " 
first    by Ryan Sarah Murphy
first
cardboard on black paper
2013
12.75 " x  9.25 " 
scene by Ryan Sarah Murphy
scene
cardboard on black paper
2013
12 " x  9 " 
riser by Ryan Sarah Murphy
riser
cardboard on black paper
2013
12 " x  9.5 " 

Artist Statement

My creative process generates from a wholly intuitive place, prompted by the materials that come and go freely within my day-to-day experience. My current work consists of wall-mounted, collaged constructions made of found cardboard, a highly utilized, indispensable and yet seemingly valueless component of daily life. As a compulsively overlooked throw-away, I am interested in how this simple, abundant and inherently impermanent material can be structured into quiet surfaces that convey both formation and dilapidation simultaneously.

There are certain rules or self-imposed limitations within the making of my work that provide a general structure or jumping off point.  For instance there is never any paint or additional color applied to the pieces. Any text, printing, or representational graphics are cut away from the cardboard, leaving the mere building blocks of shape, density and color. Each composition, though abstracted to a degree, has a foundation that appears grounded and somewhat logically organized.

I have found that these collages, suggestive of odd terrains, infrastructures and skylines, are the result of a subconscious examination of space – both the concrete environment of the city and the interior dwelling of the self. Much like the natural and artificial landscape that we both inhabit and construct, these collages serve as a tenuous meeting point of architectural and abstract elements.

 

Artist Bio / CV

b: Rutland, VT, 1978. Lives & works in NY, NY

Education

School of Visual Arts, New York, BFA 2001  

Selected Exhibitions
 
2014
 
Spatial Intelligence, Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
 
Summer School, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Dallas, TX 
 
Internal Dialogues, EFA, New York, NY 
 
2013          

CONstruct/conSTRUCT: The Organizing Principle, Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark University, Worchester, MA

Wrap Around One, ARENA @ Suite 806, New York, NY 

(solo) Parameters, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Dallas, TX 

Traces of Omnipresence, 306 at 156 Project Artspace, New York, NY 

2012

Bound to Printed Matter, Howland Public Library, Beacon, NY

This Is How My Brain Works, Radiator Arts, Long Island City, NY 

Collage, Recession Arts, NY, NY

Mix and Match II, Hampden Gallery, UMass-Amherst, MA

2011

One, Exhibit 23, Valley Cottage, NY

Dialogues, Taller Boricua Gallery, NY, NY

Mix and Match I, Atelier 030202, Bucharest, Romania 

i am not a good enough feminist, Concrete Utopia, Brooklyn, NY 

2010     

Pages, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Gimme Shelter, Mixed Greens Gallery, NY, NY

Heed the Machine, Illustrious, St. Cecilia’s Convent, Brooklyn, NY

2009     

Censored, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA

Marking Places, Retracing Spaces, Multimedia Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

The Grid, Milepost 5 Gallery, Portland, OR

2008     

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

2007     

(solo) Kept, Outrageous Look Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Bits & Pieces: The Collage Impulse, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

450 Women Have Been Murdered in Ciudad Juarez, SAC Gallery, Stonybrook, NY