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Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy: Object & Information

Catherine Murphy, In the Grass, 2011, oil on canvas, 48 1/4 x 75 inches (Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection. Image courtesy of Peter Freeman Gallery, New York)

The exhibition Catherine Murphy: Falk Visiting Artist is on view at The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, through December 9, 2012.

In the video below, produced by the museum, Murphy comments on her desire to make paintings that function simultaneously as abstraction and representation:

"I really want to think about the painting as both an object - à la Robert Ryman, modernists, the minimalists - and a vehicle for information. I want to talk about the painting being able to simultaneously do both of those things, because our brains can do that, our brains can sustain both of those ideas... I'm not trying like a Renaissance artist to get you into the painting and make you thing that, in fact, it's reality. I'm trying to get you in the painting and remind you that it's a painting at the same time. I want to sustain this fiction... all the time."