Apocryphal Terrains by Lauri Lynnxe Murphy
Mai Wyn Fine Art
March 17 - April 22, 2017
- Opening Reception: Friday, March 17, 6-9pm
- Celebrating Denver's Month of Photography
Mai Wyn Fine Art is proud to participate in Denver’s Month of Photography with Apocryphal Terrains, a solo exhibition bygallery artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy. A multi-disciplinary artist known for her environmentally driven works, Murphy presents an altered Nature in her rarely exhibited micro-macro photography coupled with mixed media wood sculpture. Meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Friday, March 17th from 6 to 9pm.
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy does not consider herself a photographer however photography has always been a part of her sculptural practice. “My approach to photography is sculptural in nature, in that it is concerned with creating fake “environments” and photographing them in macro. I bounce between these spatial worlds, one process informing the other -- studio refuse in the form of colored bits of leftover plastic from resin pours creating colorful backdrops; the formal discoveries through the camera lens playing into sculptural compositions. Much of my photography is taken in nature, incorporating the real landscape with the fake, invented landscape -- creating the illusion of expansive terrains within minutiae such as a hilly clump of moss or a crystalline patch of snow. Conversely, on my hikes I drag back bits of nature -- beetle-bark laced pine and twisted stumps, and make them more “fake” in the studio.” Apocryphal Terrains brings Murphy’s full studio process to a formal gallery setting creating a captivating collection of invented landscapes and altered natural objects.
Exhibiting steadily since the 1990’s, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy’s work took a marked turn from pure abstraction to more researched-based works while attending graduate school at Ohio State University. Environmental stressors like the collapse of honey bee populations and the Fukushima disaster, fueled her desire to create more political and environmentally conscious work. Still Murphy’s love of vivid color and biomorphic shapes from her early abstraction years work their way into her current projects and can be referenced directly in Apocryphal Terrains.
Mai Wyn Fine Art
744 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204