Based in New York, Irish artist Clive Murphys practice draws from the peripheries of visual culture. Mining diverse sources he utilizes the formal properties of the commonplace to produce works that create a junction of societal and cultural phenomenon.
He appropriates and reconfigures familiar signifiers in order to explore their wider cultural resonance, uncovering new ground for the proliferation of diverse meanings.
Murphys work 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 environing is revealed.
Exploring themes of hierarchy, inter-relationality and meaning formation, he infiltrates sites of visual signification with a combination of pathos and incongruity, reconstituting ideological, cultural and rhetorical systems in an effort to situate a new sense of human space.