Project Atrium: Ethan Murrow
July 16, 2016 - October 30, 2016
IN HIS AMBITIOUS wall drawings, Boston-based Ethan Murrow combines found and invented imagery to form unexpected yet photorealistic scenes drenched with humor and irony. Using Sharpie markers, Murrow produces a larger-than-life human figure caught in the act of indulgence. As the figure devours masses of fresh food, the site-specific wall drawing exposes a moment of excess, gluttony, desire, and privilege. Inspired by still-life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, Murrow's absurd fête questions the role of consumption and history of commerce as his character delves into his insatiable desires.
Ethan Murrow received his bachelor's degree from Carleton College and his MFA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recent solo shows of drawings, video, and sculpture include La Galerie Particulière in Paris and Brussels, Slete Gallery in Los Angeles, Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York City and Seattle, and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in West Virginia. Murrow was recently commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston to build a two-story wall drawing for the Feinberg Art Wall in the museum's lobby. He will have solo museum shows at the Nevada Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville in 2016 and 2017. Murrow recently participated as artist-in-residence at Facebook, was a fellow at the Ballinglen Foundation in Ireland, received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing, and was included in the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park's Biennial with a three-story wall drawing. His work is in many public, private, and corporate collections and has been reviewed and published widely around the world. A monograph on his work came out in fall 2015 with the German publisher Hatje Cantz. His film project Dust with Harvest Films and wife Vita Weinstein Murrow was an official selection of the 2008 New York Film Festival. The Murrows also published their first children's book, The Whale, in Europe with Big Picture Press and in the United States shortly after that with Candlewick Press. Murrow is a professor at the Museum School at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Photo by Stewart Clements Photo.
With over ten years of curatorial and exhibition experience in contemporary art, Curator Jaime DeSimone conceives and implements the exhibition program and manages the Permanent Collection. At MOCA Jacksonville, DeSimone has curated Project Atrium: Shinique Smith and Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, the first museum show to focus on contemporary female abstract painters. She was previously the exhibitions project coordinator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where she managed a portfolio of exhibitions, including Calder and Abstraction and FreePort No. 008: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. From 2005 to 2012, DeSimone served as the assistant curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art, located on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she curated a number of exhibitions, including Flash Back: November 23, 1963 (2013), The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues (2011), and Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) (2008). She holds a master's degree in American contemporary art from American University (2005) and a bachelor's degree in art history from Bates College (2001).
Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.