Monday, August 10, 2009

We Pet Your Cat To Death? at Galerie Push September 10-October 11

we pet your cat to death?
10 septembre ARROW 11 octobre 2009

JEUDI 10 septembre 2009 ARROW 19H - 22H

Wil Murray’s explosive and seductive work presents paint as subject in We Pet Your Cat to Death?. Murray shoots paint up onto a pedestal of foamy stability while hanging it off to experience three dimensional spaces away from the surface that somehow holds it all together. He constructs locations for paint to occupy, making it stand up and stand out, carefully moulding, pouring, lifting, folding and intertwining it. Revelling in the act of assembling a painting, Wil Murray humanizes his subject and makes it bleed and ooze and cry and scream.

Wil Murray was born in Calgary in 1978; he studied painting at the Alberta Collage of Art and Design and has lived in Montreal since 2004. In September 2008, Murray received an honourable mention in the 10th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition (the largest of its kind in Canada) for his painting, Sexe Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac Maniac. Murray’s work was chosen for publication in Carte Blanche, Vol. 2: Painting, released in 2008, and his work will be presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in November 2009, for ESSE Magazine’s 25 year anniversary auction. Wil Murray is represented by the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver and Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa. Wil Murray’s We Pet Your Cat to Death? is proudly presented at Galerie PUSH from September 10 until October 11, 2009 courtesy of Patrick Mikhail Gallery.
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Wil Murray Baby Ghost from the 1900s Says Beat it With Your Chain, 2009, acrylique et mousse polypropylene sur panneau
73’’ x 60’’x8''
© Wil Murray, 2009

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