Wil Murray was born in Calgary, Canada in 1978. He currently works between Canada and Berlin. He studied painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design. His work is a hybrid of painting and photography. Highlighting the role of the object, his work employs time-based processes that allow the object to be represented, redeveloped and obscured.
Die Welt In Farben; using as source material a turn of the 20th century photo portfolio book bought at a flea market on Berlin's Unter Den Linden, Murray continues his experiments in traditional photographic methods and their eternally renewed relationship to painting. For Die Welt In Farben, Murray re-configures the photo lithograph of one of Europe's great sights found on each of the book's 41 pages as a collage made from his great stash of photo and painted imagery. These collages are then photographed on large-format negatives and printed traditionally, in black and white on fiber-based paper by master printer Bob Carnie. Murray then colours each page by hand, using long-since discontinued archival photo oils, in the manner that photos were coloured at the beginning of the 20th century. These replacements are then re-attached to the original pages, completing the substitution of one definition of original with another.
You can see more of Murray's work
and here: www.wilmurray.com
And the full Die Welt In Farben series here: http://pmgallery.ca/exhibitions/2014/wil-murray/works
Murray's work is shown curtsey of Vitrine Gallery: www.vitrinegallery.co.uk
This exhibition is part of The Camberwell Arts Festival, 14 to 22 June: http://www.camberwellarts.org.uk/festival-2014/
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