Peter Freeman, Inc. is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Catherine Murphy, the artist’s first solo show since the release of a major new monograph on her work, written by John Yau with a foreword by Svetlana Alpers, and published by Skira/Rizzoli in collaboration with the gallery.
In her paintings and drawings, Murphy’s career-long interest has been in decoding reality as a place of constant and inevitable change, realizing abstract ideas through the exploration of everyday objects and situations. She inverts the viewer’s expectations and blurs boundaries—between interior and exterior, flatness and depth, background and foreground—and in doing so, upsets assumptions about the places she represents and the people who live their lives in them. In the newest works, Murphy has looked to her immediate surroundings both within and outside of her own home, continuing—in a profoundly personal way—a keen interest in depicting the most common surroundings that usually escape our notice but nevertheless influence our perception.
Instead of stable, conventional spaces, Murphy often sets up specifically-defined formal situations. With a Minimalist formal rigor, her starting point is scale and geometry: yet her colors, patterns, and textures all bear information and narrative potential. Her depiction of an immediate, often intimate moment, establishes an implied open-ended narrative.