Philippe Murphy’s work encompasses live performance, sculpture and video. His installations often resemble theatrical stage sets or props. These are designed to inhabit a range of actions and scenarios that activate their surroundings. He explores the body and movement as a site of potentiality, process and practice. Much of his work harks back to the legacy of modernism. Not only is it stripped back to rational clarity, he questions the relationship between the universal and collective. Anxiety reverberates through his work, this poses physical and mental challenges on both performer and viewer. Repetition of simple actions are utilised to create a tension that never gets resolved. The viewer no longer becomes a passive spectator but one who is intrinsic to the work.
Philippe Murphy (b. Gorey, Ireland) gained his MLitt in Fine Art Practice Sculpture from the Glasgow School of Art in 2012. He has exhibited widely in the UK and Ireland as well as internationally including Spain, Cyprus, Croatia and Serbia. He will have his first major solo show in January 2014 at The Underground Car Park, Glasgow. He will also be showing in Glasgow International Festival in April 2014 in the group show Le Swimming at the Underground Car park, Fleming House. His recent shows include Che Vuoi The Whisky Bond, Glasgow (2013). 1913 The Rite of Spring Glasgow (2013). Acts of Longevity The Briggait Glasgow (2013). Gwenan International Glasgow (2013), Erotta + – us (2013) The Glue Factory, Glasgow. Masters of Letters Show, Lume Centre, Aalto, Helsinki November 2012. Masters of Letters Bermondsey Project Space, London (2012). Masters of Letters Degree Show The Glasgow School of Art (2012) and GSA Postgraduate Degree Show The Lighthouse,Glasgow (2012).