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Wil Murray: On Invasive Species and Infidelity

Image courtesy of p|m Gallery and VITRINE. Photo credit: Jonathan Bassett. 

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Wil Murray’s interdisciplinary practice oscillates between the mediums of painting, photography and installation. Utilizing found photographs and books to expound an elaborate narrative, Murray often paints with vintage photographic oils, working interchangeably between original plates and large format photographic reproductions. This has developed into a deconstructed painting methodology.

Murray employs the techniques and principles of Beat-era cut-ups to the isolated paint stroke, separating it from the ground, and then photographing, bending and collaging it into a multidimensional site-specific painting installation. Murray describes this method as a test of the fidelity of the image, leaving the viewer to discern between the two: the ‘source’ and its manipulated, hyper-rendered extrapolation as a distorted, dimensional composition.

Wil Murray was born in Calgary and studied drawing at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He has exhibited across Canada and internationally, including at the National Gallery of Canada, The Hole in New York and the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Solo exhibitions include Please Boss Remember Me, VITRINE, London, UK, Die Welt In Farben, p|m Gallery, Toronto and Last Summer I Build A 1:8 Scale Model of Your Vagina, Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany. Murray’s work was presented in Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, and he received an honourable mention in the 2008 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Murray is currently living and working in Okotoks. 

Curators
Kristy Trinier

Kristy Trinier is the former Director of Visual, Digital and Media Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Previously, as the Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Trinier curated Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as exhibitions at the AGA and Enterprise Square Galleries. Her previous roles include Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, related exhibitions and public art programs and Grant Writer at Banff Centre. Trinier has written for Canadian Art, Momus and other arts publications. She holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands.

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