Wil Murray’s practice explores journeys as transformative mechanisms: how does meaning change as something moves from one point to another? Using a hybrid of photography and painting to highlight the role of an object, he investigates relationships between time and substance. Murray subjects his objects to processes beyond their initial intended purpose. They become a form in space, photographed and modified, and perhaps combined with cutouts and fabric swatches. In his recent series, including ‘Adieu Vielle Europe’ and ‘Maustlize’, found images of landscapes and interiors are retraced through paint. Further new collage works lay roots in earlier paintings, which the artist redevelops through a series of time-rich processes. In THE ONLYES POWER IS NO POWER (2017), Murray paints directly onto the photographic negative, allowing this mark to evolve, form and ‘blackout’ within the process of exposure and development.
Wil Murray (b.1978, Calgary, Canada) lives and works in Berlin. His work was included in the Alberta Biennial in 2015 and 2017, he received an honourable mention in the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition and his work was featured in the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s 2008 exhibition for national top-painters ‘Carte Blanche Vol. 2’.
Recent solo exhibitions include: THE ONLYES POWER IS NO POWER at VITRINE, London (2017); SPRAY CAN SEA, OOH BARED ASS, VET HER, Jarvis Hall Fine Art, Calgary, CA (2016); The Enemies of the Novel, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver (2015); On Invasive Species and In delity, The Art Gallery of Alberta, CA (2015); Please Boss Remember Me, VITRINE, London (2014); Die Welt In Farben P|M Gallery, Toronto (2014); Painted Shut, VITRINE, London (2013); Maintain The Ruin, P|M Gallery, Toronto (2012); Modulations, Library Cote-St.Luc, Montreal (2012); and Last Summer I Build A 1:8 Scale Model of Your Vagina, Staatsgalerie Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin (2011).
Murray had a solo booth in Dialogues Art Projects, London Art Fair (2015); has been shown at Papier Art Fair, CA (2013); Art Toronto, CA (2013/2015); and The Manchester Contemporary (2013 and 2017).
Selected group shows include: A Journey from a sweeping gesture to a lasting effect, VITRINE, Basel, CH (2016); NOT A PHOTO, The Hole, New York City, USA (2015); Sought at Jarvis Hall Fine Art, Calgary, CA (2015); Art in the Home 2, Contemporary Arts Society, York, UK (2014); The Combinational, Studio 1.1, London (2014); The Painting Project, GALERIE DE L’UQAM in Montreal, CA (2013); Made in Alberta Part IV, The Art Gallery of Calgary, CA (2013); XSTRACTION, The Hole, New York, USA (2013) and Broadcast, Funkhaus Nalepastrasse, Berlin, DE (2012).
Murray is currently exhibiting at The Art Gallery of Alberta, Alberta, CA in the group show ‘Re:Calculations’ curated by Catherine Crowston, closing 15 March 2020.