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Kevin Murphy : March 2008 - The continuous ebb and flow of the Pacific Ocean near Tofino

Fri. August 29th 2008
Aug 29 - Sept 18, 2008

March 2008: The continuous ebb and flow of the Pacific Ocean near Tofino features Kevin Murphy's inflatable painting of the same title. Exploring the commodification of nature through the ubiquitous Canadian 'wilderness'image, the work appropriates the calendar landscape, returning to its painterly origins. Painted on an air mattress attached to a motion sensored electric pump, the piece suggests a certain absurdity in our relationship to an imagined wilderness, while remaining complicit in a troublingly earnest reproduction of idealized nature. Through its performative and explicitly artificial collapse and resurrection, March 2008 reintroduces elements of contingency and impermanence to a genre still marked by fixity and projection, and places an all too literal emphasis on the role of the viewer in the construction of the landscape.

Limited edition Postcards will be mailed out to members of the gallery, for more information contact gallery.
Presented by: The Ministry of Casual Living