Sep 08 — Oct 15, 2011
Featuring work by: Dan Murphy
Fleisher/Ollman is pleased to open the 2011-2012 exhibition season with solo shows by Nick Paparone and Dan Murphy.
Dan Murphy: Certain Things
Dan Murphy is a self-taught Philadelphia artist whose poetic visual practice encompasses making, collecting, cataloguing and presenting. Certain Things will include found objects, along side a selection of photographs, collages and assemblages. The images and objects have in common one primary thing-- that they meet the artist's idiosyncratic criteria for "perfection" and are on exhibition so that they will not be overlooked. Partially challenging the idea of ownership, Murphy often photographs or remakes desirable or distanced objects so that he is able to revisit and recontextualize them in a way that their creators or owners would never imagine.
Murphy works seamlessly between photography, collage, film, music, animation, collecting and publishing and much of his work deals with iconic images and collectible objects, shrines and rituals, freedom, movement and the unsanctioned. In addition to "Stuck on the Map" and "Public Wall Writing in Philadelphia", Murphy publishes "Megawords" with collaborator Anthony Smyrski, a free magazine that documents surroundings and experience. He travels widely to photograph, DJ, and meet new and creative people for collaboration. Murphy has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia; Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter, San Francisco; Moore College of Art, Philadelphia; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Printed Matter, New York and has upcoming exhibitions and projects at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.