Thursday, 30 January 2014

Trionomy - exhibition by Philippe Murphy at the Underground carpark, Glasgow

After a challenging morning at work, I made the short journey to the Underground Carpark (under Fleming House) on Renfrew Street to view the current exhibition, Trionomy by Philippe Murphy. Trionomy is Philippe Murphy's first solo exhibition in Glasgow. 

It proved to be an ideal way to escape for a while and enabled me to get through an afternoon of meetings and complete my tax return!

'Colour is used as a dramatic means of expression. The 3 different tempi; striding, walking, tripping, might be said to correspond to the effects of the primary colours; blue, red and yellow'.

Drawing inspiration from modernism, Philippe Murphy uses performance and the expansion of sculptural materials and forms to contextualize, address and frame his ideas. His installations often resemble theatrical stage sets or props. These are designed to inhabit a range of actions and scenarios that activate their surroundings. He explores the body and movement as a site of potentiality, process and practice.

For this exhibition, Philippe combines a performative interpretation of Oscar Schlemmer's 'Space Dance' with the design of the Houndstooth print. The print has been an iconic symbol of fashion from the start of the 20th century. It featured amongst the collections of New York and Parisian designers in the late 1920's and 1930's. By amalgamating these co-existing elements, a fictitious history is being constructed, but one which could have plausibly occurred.

While the looped performance intends to be intriguing, it becomes repetitive enough that the performers lose subjectivity, in turn becoming object. This repetition of simple actions is utilised to create a tension that never gets resolved. The viewer is confronted head on by this work, making them party to a reflection on culture past and present.

26 January to 2 February 2014
Preview 25 January 6 to 9 pm
Performance 7 to 8 pm
Opening hours: Wednesday till Saturday from 12pm till 5pm.

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