September 5- October 12, 2019
First Thursday Art Walk:
September 5th, 5-8pm
October 3rd, 5-8pm
Thursday September 19, 6-8pm
(talk starts at approximately 6:30pm)
Friday & Saturday, 12-5pm,
First Thursday Art Walks: 5-8pm
and by appointment.
“The impact of endless new urban development has many unintended consequences. In our day to day lives we have to keep going, adjusting and adapting to new dynamics, both good and bad. At times the pressure can be overwhelming, and it is often nuanced – changes meant to be helpful may interfere, creating unintended difficulty or ease.” Graham Murtough
What physical and architectural objects represent acts of erasure? How can we reclaim this loss? A story about the gallery’s history and the building sparked an inquiry resembling a barrier in a state of decay and regeneration. Erasure Collapse regards the structural intervention of the building's history as an act of erasure. Within this installation fugitive plants sprout, creating a new story of intervention that in turn brings about a new destruction.
What physical and architectural objects represent acts of erasure? How can we reclaim this loss? A story about the gallery’s history and the building sparked this inquiry. In the corner of the gallery is a bench, which hides one end of a concrete block that filled in the original entrance. On the outside of the building, the other end of this block is a railing and platform with no discernible purpose. This structural intervention into the space is essentially an act of erasure. By obscuring the entrance to the gallery some aspects of the building and the community’s history is erased. I set out to recreate this intervention physically in the gallery and orchestrate a material event that brings about its destruction.
As I continued my research I began to connect this idea of erasure to other objects and architecture in our society. Building sites that overwhelm the urban environmental, a sea of cranes and cavities throughout the street several stories deep. I also began to see barriers and borders as acts of erasure. By keeping us separate and “safe” potential connections and lives are erased. Opportunities to connect and grow are snuffed out before they have a chance to happen. As I gathered my materials and responded to their qualities, the work evolved into a make shift barrier. A set of three structures, with their teetering spires, fill the gallery with a sense of elegant unease. Some areas of the black railings have been carved out and overtaken by fugitive plants, securing themselves as new residents in a faltering display of power. A new set of circumstance emerges, one that plays with the arbitrary nature of a boundary, and expresses a desire to see this act of Erasure Collapse.
This body of work continues an on-going preoccupation I have with themes of hyper development and regeneration. I frequently use DIY materials, found objects and plants to explore the often contrary aspects of our shared experience as we adapt to our ever changing environment. In addition to the main installation, I have included four preparatory drawings and collages, to offer some insight into my research process.
Graham Murtough (b. 1975) recently graduated from the MA program at City and Guilds of London Art School where he won the Outstanding Exhibition award for The Relative Value of Convention II. He earned his BA in Fine Art from the College of Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2017 he was featured in the group exhibition Exceptional at Collyer Bristow Gallery in London and was awarded High Commendation by Whitechapel Gallery Director, Iwona Blazwick.
After residencies in Iceland and Norway, he spent the rest of the year exploring the Pacific Northwest of the United States and revisiting his early ties to the Santa Fe Art community. His practice is inherently transient and benefits from having multiple locales of origin. He plans to divide his time between Washington State, New Mexico, and London.
METHOD is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike! Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths in sustainable success.