Brian Murphy’s exhibit Workshop Essay

It is a new world out there, modern art has taken various new forms as well as multiple faces. It has even gotten to a point where things someone would never expect to be considered art, is now considered art. If one was to walk into a college art gallery and see a bunch of distorted images and videos with a pink filter with red and blue trace lines, that person would be surprised. Even more so when it is accompanied by background noises that give the gallery a creepy atmosphere, and some hard light to top it all off. Such is the experience one can expect when visiting Brian Murphy’s exhibit at the Llewellyn gallery at Alfred State College.

The first big noticeable thing in Murphy’s exhibit is the collection of sport GIFs on the side wall, and the center view. Each of these GIFs has a pink filter with red and blue trace lines, and have a unique view which is only possible to see when wearing old fashioned 3D glasses. The GIFs in question are of a boxing match respectfully and three shots of Turkish oil wrestling. They truly are a marvel to look at, both with and without 3D glasses. The only glaring issue is that they have been said to possibly cause seizures, and the headache that someone got from viewing it shows it.

Then on another side of the room, there is a fine display of his take on Glitch art. In essence, it is a heavily edited self portrait mixed with sound from his DNA in a way where the base image is barely noticeable. According to Murphy himself, the DNA was sequence was also made into an audio loop which is where the previously mention Creepy audio comes from. And like other things in the same room, it is done in a way where it looks like a live GIF. One of the best examples of glitch art one could find in recent years.

And the last notable display featured in the gallery, a small dance scene on repeat done in a similar style as the Turkish wrestling stuff. Contrary to the opening statement, there isn’t really anything to note about this display. Sure it has the biggest screen-space of everything at the exhibit, but that just it. Despite being on a massive screen, it gets the least notice-ability of all the other displays here. Maybe if there was more emphasis on what it represents, it wouldn’t be as unnoticeable.

So how can all this work be summed up in total after spending an evening staring at it all? The word that would best describe the whole experience is “trippy.” Murphy himself says that everything here has had a long tedious work process. He also mentions how for some of the GIFs, he pulled videos apart and put them back together. As well as using a voltage controlled video effects unit to turns six secs of video into twelve minutes. With all that effort put into all this stuff, did it pay off? Yes it did, because it looks good, it has a sense of originality to it, and many people who already saw the exhibit kept coming back to it for a while.

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