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Murmurations @ The Bride

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Deirdre Murphy

Murmurations

September 6 – October 20, 2013

Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

First Friday receptions: September 6 AND October 4, 5pm – 7pm.
POST dates: October 5 – 6

This September and October at the Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery, InLiquid presents Murmurations, a solo exhibition of new paintings on paper by Deirdre Murphy. Murphy’s recent paintings are inspired by the patterns, murmurs, and energy concentrated in the collective intelligence of bird flocks. Her work visually explores the rules that guide the collective swarm to pulse, shift and change. The exhibit runs September 6 to October 20 with two First Friday receptions on September 6 AND October 4, 5 pm – 7 pm. Gallery exhibitions at the Painted Bride are FREE and open to the public.

Deirdre Murphy received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her art is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia. Murphy’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Melanee Cooper Gallery, (Chicago), Vita Gallery, (Portland, OR). She has participated in group exhibitions at the Painting Center (NY), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Abington Art Center, Phoenix Gallery, (NY); Bowery Gallery, (NY); Portland Institute of Contemporary Art; and Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. She has received grants from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and the Leeway Foundation.

Deirdre Murphy writes about her recent paintings:
“My work investigates constellations of movements. I am especially interested in the patterns, murmurations and energy concentrated in the collective intelligence of bird flocks. I am fascinated by the rules that guide the collective swarm to pulse, shift and change. A single bird turns and causes its neighbor to move, thus setting off a simultaneous chain reaction that transforms hundreds of birds inside the flock to undulate. What creates this uncanny, beautiful coordination of these birds? How does their collective consciousness cause the flock to paint such abstract shapes in the sky? I see a correlation of pattern in the stellar explosion of a supernova and the growth of irregular cellular formation. In my paintings. I try and decode patterns to find the push or pulse within, to discover the visual force of energy that makes unpredictable abstract shapes. It is the butterfly effect, of one individual causing great change among others that is the subject of my art.”

Gallery Hours at the Painted Bride Art Center are Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm to 6pm.

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 Support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.