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Brian Griffiths. BILL MURRAY: a story of distance, size and sincerity

20 Nov 2015 – 28 Feb 2016

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Gateshead, United Kingdom

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Bill Murray is always authentic. He is consistently ‘BILL MURRAY’. His singularity breaks into irreducible ambiguities and contradictions – Bill the global superstar, the guy-next-door, anti-brand brand, irrepressible lothario, dignified clown and droll philosopher. This exhibition takes these and many other characteristics as an approach, turning them into a fantasy caricature and a poetic tableau of scaled down architecture and collections.

A series of different styled and period buildings from a lavish LA beach house to an historic Scottish mansion are grounded on tables throughout the vaulted gallery space of BALTIC Level 4. Bill, architecture and everyday objects are forced together in set pieces that joyfully confuse overview and point of view, scale and size, closeness and distance.

Since the early 1990s Brian Griffiths has been making sculptures and installations with overblown theatricality and pathos. He uses found and made objects to consider our complex relationships with the material and social world; how we use objects to create meaning, to make and re-make ourselves, to organise our anxieties and affections, to sublimate our fears and shape our fantasies.

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