Murray Green

Hook Line & Sinker

6 April – 16 May 2009

Two Rooms is pleased to present new paintings by Murray Green. His role as artist encompasses the skills of chemist, craftsman and inventor. His works begin as exquisitely crafted panels using an array of unorthodox painting materials such as urethanes and polyester resins, combined with his personal critique on traditional painting methods.

Green makes an inventory of brush marks, blobs and drips, which he expertly suspends into a richly coloured translucent sheet of resin.

The surface is pristine, smooth and waxy and but seething underneath is a viscous oozing surprise. Just as the materials are spilling out of their skin, the works bubble and brim with humour and contradiction. The paintings are at once both liquid and brittle. Have they emerged from the kitchen or science laboratory? are we looking at sugar candy or toxic bloom?

His new works also reference the fundamentals of making a painting; both the brushstroke and the properties of paint. He meticulously reconstructs the brushmark as simulacra, it becomes the object of desire encased in poured resin. Through artificial simulation and a little alchemy he captures the beauty of wet paint and the essence of its action, with that elusive moment just before flowing paint solidifies, frozen in time.

Murray Green has been exhibited at Two Rooms in Crosstalk 2008 and Painting One in 2007 and is now represented in the Wallace Collection as well as private collections in New Zealand and USA.

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