MONO is a site-specific kinetic inflatable sculpture specially fabricated for the gallery by New York based, Irish artist Clive Murphy. Working directly with the architecturally idiosyncratic space, Murphy’s singular work will activate the physical core of the building with a minimal gesture that prods at notions of high modernist monumentality.
Clive Murphy’s practice concerns itself with both site and surface – not only the position of the individual within an increasingly ‘mass’ oriented environment but also the contours, the landscapes through which this environment is revealed.
‘In my work I’m constantly interested in examining the peripheral, insignificant and sometimes seemingly ridiculous as a means of illustrating a sense of interconnectivity and also rebutting certain hierarchical value systems, so in this context building an architecturally orientated inflatable from plastic seems appropriate.’
Murphy is currently a resident artist at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and will commence a nine-month residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (from September 2007). Recent solo exhibitions include: SCAPES, Magnan Projects Gallery, New York; PNEUTOPIA, Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto; I WANT TO BE YOU, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork; WHY, O WHY, O WHY? – British Council commission in association with CityMine(d), Brussels.