Brett Murray / Again Again / 2015

Brett Murray / Again Again / 2015
18 April - 16 May 2015
Installation View
Brett Murray
Nagapie in the Headlights, 2015
Digital print on archival paper
Image sixe: 38.5 x 48.5 cm Frame: 48.5 x 38.5
Brett Murray
Lying Pig, 2014
Bronze
50 x 27 x 58 (58 - nose)
Brett Murray
Manufacturing Consent, 2015
Metal, paint, gold leaf
184 x 214 x 18 cm
Brett Murray
The Quest, 2015
Digital print on archival paper
97 x 67.5 cm
Brett Murray
Somnambulance (Vanessa), 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
206 x 93 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Somnambulance (Brett), 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
195 x 100 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Somnambulance (Sanell), 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
219 x 114 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Right Street, 2014/15
Wood , plastic and paint
1450 x 1440 x 40 mm
Brett Murray
Illumination, 2015
Woodcut on Zerkall Butten 145gsm
3 elements, each 53 x 67 cm
Brett Murray
Somnambulance (Shadrack), 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
208 x 88 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Somnambulance (Clare), 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
203 x 105 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Until the Second Coming, 2015
Polished bronze
53 x 47 x 24 cm
Brett Murray
The Resurrection, 2015
Acrylic paint on canvas
134 x 212 x 5 cm
Brett Murray
Night and Day, 2015
Woodcut on Hahnemuhle Copperplate White 350gsm
2 prints, 181 x 110 cm each
Brett Murray
Masked, 2014
Powder-coated metal and gold leaf
138 x 122 x 7.5 cm
Brett Murray
Harbinger, 2014
Silkscreen on paper
72 x 102 cm
Brett Murray
Joker, 2014/15
Metal, paint, gold leaf and plastic
2005 x 1080 x 160 mm
Brett Murray
The Visionary: Portrait / Self-Portrait, 2015
Bronze
60 x 63 x 45 cm
Brett Murray
Call and Response, 2015
Engraved plastic and paint
111 x 200 x 3.5cm (111 x 95 x 3.5cm per panel)
Brett Murray
Fear, 2015
Metal, gold leaf
Variable
Brett Murray
Joker in the Pack, 2014
Aluminium paint and resin
57 x 37 x 2.5 cm
Brett Murray
Call and Response II, 2015
Etching on Zerkall Itaglio 250 gsm
2 prints, each 28.2 x 25.2 cm
Brett Murray
In the Land of the Blind..., 2015
Acrylic paint on canvas
150 x 130 x 5 cm
Brett Murray
The Demagogue, 2015
Silkscreen print
70 x 87 cm (paper size)
Brett Murray
Somnambulance (Lerato), 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
190 x 99 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Somnambulance: Harry, 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
195 x 99 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
The Uneasy Crown, 2015
Silkscreen print
70 x 87 cm (paper size)
Brett Murray
Somnambulance (Des), 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
195 x 90 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Somnambulance (Adam), 2014
Metal, paint, gold leaf
212 x 105 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Never Again Again, 2014/15
Wood , plastic and paint
1305 x 1505 x 40 mm
Brett Murray
Managing Dissent, 2015
Metal, paint, gold leaf
197 x 160 x 18 cm
Brett Murray
The Little Elephant in the Room, 2015
Bronze
62 x 41 x 50 cm
Brett Murray
All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, 2015
Acrylic paint on canvas
250 x 147 x 5 cm
Brett Murray
Replicate, 2015
Bronze
40 x 47 x 43 cm
Brett Murray
Mr Charmer (He He He), 2015
Powder-coated and polished stainless steel
100 x 70 x 4 cm
Brett Murray
The Party, 2015
Digital print on archival paper
97 x 70 cm
Brett Murray
Emperor, 2015
Bronze
100 x 77 x 65 cm
Brett Murray
The Demagogue, 2015
Metal, paint, gold leaf
176 x 243.5 x 9 cm
Brett Murray
Triumph, 2015
Dual-channel digital video installation
Dimensions variable
Brett Murray
The Uneasy Crown, 2015
Metail, paint, gold leaf
121 x 160 x 8.5 cm
Brett Murray
The Fundamentalists, 2015
Bronze
50 x 50 x 70 cm
Brett Murray
Early Days or Godwin's Law, 2015
Powder-coated and polished stainless steel
100 x 240 x 4 cm
Brett Murray
Call and Response I, 2015
Etching on Somerset Black Velvet 250gsm
2 prints, each 28.2 x 25.2 cm
Brett Murray
Spring, 2015
Acrylic paint on canvas
164 x 141.5 x 4 cm
Brett Murray
Again / Again, 2015
Bronze
64 x 45 x 64 cm

Brett Murray / Again Again / 2015 - Installation View

18 April - 16 May 2015

Brett Murray

Nagapie in the Headlights

Brett Murray

Lying Pig

Brett Murray

Manufacturing Consent

Brett Murray

The Quest

Brett Murray

Somnambulance (Vanessa)

Brett Murray

Somnambulance (Brett)

Brett Murray

Somnambulance (Sanell)

Brett Murray

Right Street

Brett Murray

Illumination

Brett Murray

Somnambulance (Shadrack)

Brett Murray

Somnambulance (Clare)

Brett Murray

Until the Second Coming

Brett Murray

The Resurrection

Brett Murray

Night and Day

Brett Murray

Masked

Brett Murray

Harbinger

Brett Murray

Joker

Brett Murray

The Visionary: Portrait / Self-Portrait

Brett Murray

Call and Response

Brett Murray

Fear

Brett Murray

Joker in the Pack

Brett Murray

Call and Response II

Brett Murray

In the Land of the Blind...

Brett Murray

The Demagogue

Brett Murray

Somnambulance (Lerato)

Brett Murray

Somnambulance: Harry

Brett Murray

The Uneasy Crown

Brett Murray

Somnambulance (Des)

Brett Murray

Somnambulance (Adam)

Brett Murray

Never Again Again

Brett Murray

Managing Dissent

Brett Murray

The Little Elephant in the Room

Brett Murray

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go

Brett Murray

Replicate

Brett Murray

Mr Charmer (He He He)

Brett Murray

The Party

Brett Murray

Emperor

Brett Murray

The Demagogue

Brett Murray

Triumph

Brett Murray

The Uneasy Crown

Brett Murray

The Fundamentalists

Brett Murray

Early Days or Godwin's Law

Brett Murray

Call and Response I

Brett Murray

Spring

Brett Murray

Again / Again

Goodman Gallery Cape Town
18 April – 16 May 2015

Much to his own irritation and amusement, Brett Murray continues to feel the urge to expose the absurdities of the powerful with biting satire. In his recognised iconic language, and using a variety of materials, this new body of work extends his jaundiced love/hate relationship with South Africa’s unfolding democracy. Inevitably, it seems, this exhibition is darker in tone and often registers closer to tragedy than comedy. And if, like Murray, you prefer to be entertained with Arcadian landscapes and portraits of your favourite pets… he urges you to look elsewhere for your kicks.

Murray studied at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 1988 with distinction. The title of his dissertation is ‘A Group of Satirical Sculptures Examining Social and Political Paradoxes in the South African Context’. As an undergraduate he won Irma Stern Scholarships in both 1981 and 1982.
He won the Simon Garson Prize for the Most Promising Student in 1982, and was awarded the Michaelis Prize in 1983. As a postgraduate student he received a Human Sciences Research Council bursary, a University of Cape Town Research Scholarship, the Jules Kramer Grant and an Irma Stern Scholarship.

He has exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad. From 1991 to 1994 he established the sculpture department at the University of Stellenbosch, where he curated the show Thirty Sculptors from the Western Cape in 1992. In 1995 he curated, with Kevin Brand, Scurvy at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. That same year he co-curated Junge Kunst Aus Zud Afrika for the Hänel Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.

In 1999 Murray co-founded – with artists and cultural practitioners Lisa Brice, Kevin Brand, Bruce Gordon, Andrew Putter, Sue Williamson, Robert Weinek and Lizza Littlewort – Public Eye, a Section 27 company that initiates and manages art projects in the public arena, with the aim of developing a greater profile for public art in Cape Town.
Public Eye has developed projects on Robben Island, worked with the city’s health officials on AIDS awareness campaigns, and initiated several outdoor sculpture projects, including The Spier Sculpture Biennale. He curated Homeport in 2001, which saw 15 artists create site-specific text-based works in Cape Town’s waterfront precinct. Public Eye has also interfaced with cultural funding bodies as consultants, and hosted multi-media events across Cape Town.

Murray was included on the Havana Biennale of 1994, and his works were subsequently exhibited at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany. He was included on the group show Springtime in Chile at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile. His work was also part of the traveling show Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art From South Africa, which opened at the Museum for African Art in New York in 1998. His work formed part of the shows Min(d)fields at the Kunsthaus Baselland in Switzerland in 2004, and The Geopolitics of Animation at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in 2007.

He won the Cape Town Urban Art competition in 1998, which resulted in the public work Africa, a 3.5-metre bronze sculpture erected in Cape Town’s city centre. He won, with Stefaans Samcuia, the commission to produce an 8 × 30-meter wall sculpture for the foyer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre in 2003. In 2007 he completed Specimens, a large wall sculpture for the University Of Cape Town’s medical school campus. In 2011 he produced the public artwork Seeds for The University of Bloemfontein, and in 2013 he was commissioned to produce the 7-meter bronze Citizen for the Auto & General Park in Johannesburg.

His solo shows include White Boy Sings the Blues at the Rembrandt Gallery in Johannesburg in 1996, I love Africa at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town in 2000, Us and Them at the Axis Gallery in New York in 2003 and Sleep Sleep at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 2006. His solo show Crocodile Tears was held at both the Cape Town and Johannesburg branches of The Goodman Gallery in 2007 and 2009. and his most recent exhibition Hail To The Thief was first held at Goodman Gallery Cape Town in 2010, and then in an updated form at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 2012.

Brett Murray

Brett Murray studied at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 1988 with distinction. The title of his dissertation is ‘A Group of Satirical Sculptures Examining Social and Political Paradoxes in the South African Context’. As an undergraduate he won Irma Stern Scholarships in both 1981 and 1982. He won the Simon Garson Prize for the most Promising student in 1982 and was awarded the Michaelis Prize in 1983. As a postgraduate student he received a Human Sciences Research Council bursary, a University of Cape Town Research Scholarship, the Jules Kramer Grant and an Irma Stern Scholarship.

He has exhibited extensively in South Africa and abroad. From 1991 to 1994 he established the sculpture department at the University of Stellenbosch, where he curated the show ‘Thirty Sculptors from the Western Cape’ in 1992. In 1995 he curated, with Kevin Brand, ‘Scurvy’, at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. That year he co-curated ‘Junge Kunst Aus Zud Afrika’ for the Hänel Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.

In 1999, Brett co-founded, with artists and cultural practitioners Lisa Brice, Kevin Brand, Bruce Gordon, Andrew Putter, Sue Williamson, Robert Weinek and Lizza Littlewort, ‘Public Eye’, a Section 27 company that manage and initiate art projects in the public arena with the aims to develop a greater profile for public art in Cape Town. They have initiated projects on Robben Island, worked with the cities health officials on aids awareness campaigns and initiated outdoor sculpture projects including ‘The Spier Sculpture Biennale’. He curated ‘Homeport’ in 2001 which saw 15 artists create site specific text based works in Cape Town’s waterfront precinct. Public Eye have interfaced with cultural funding bodies as consultants and hosted multi-media events across the city.

Murray was included on the Cuban Biennial of 1994, and subsequently his works where exhibited at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany. He was included on the group show, ‘Springtime in Chile’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile. He was also part of the travelling show ‘Liberated Voices, Contemporary Art From South Africa’ which opened at the Museum for African Art in New York in 1998. His work formed part of the shows ‘Min(d)fields’ at the Kunsthaus in Baselland, Switzerland in 2004 and ‘The Geopolitics of Animation‘ at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville in Spain in 2007. He won the Cape Town Urban Art competition in 1998 that resulted in the public work ‘Africa’, a 3.5 metre bronze sculpture, being erected in Cape Town’s city centre. He won, with Stefaans Samcuia, the commission to produce an 8 × 30 meter wall sculpture for the foyer of the Cape Town International Convention Centre in 2003. In 2007 he completed ‘Specimens’, a large wall sculpture for the University Of Cape Town’s medical school campus. In 2011 he produced the public artwork ‘Seeds’ for The University of Bloemfontein and in 2013 he was commissioned to produce the 7 meter bronze ‘Citizen’ for the Auto & General Park in Johannesburg.

His solo shows include: ‘White Boy Sings the Blues’ at the Rembrandt Gallery in Johannesburg in 1996, ‘I love Africa’ at the Bell-Roberts Gallery in Cape Town in 2000, ‘Us and Them’ at the Axis Gallery in New York in 2003 and ‘Sleep Sleep’ at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 2006. His solo show, ‘Crocodile Tears’, was held at both the Cape Town and Johannesburg branches of The Goodman Gallery in 2007 and 2009. His recent show, ‘Hail To The Thief’, was first held at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town in 2010, and then at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 2012. He was nominated as the Standard Bank Young Artist of the year in 2002.