“The Ability to name things has escaped me” Art Gallery by Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy
The Ability to name things has escaped me

On October 27th, 2016 I attended the art gallery titled “The Ability to Name Things Has Escaped Me” by Brian Murphy, A digital artist who moved from photography to film making due to being unsatisfied by the limitations by photography, murphy now specializes at making abstract films and is noted for working with Dave Jones. Murphy works one frame at a time when it comes to his films, many featured at this even were simple with how many different images were used for them, but complicated on how they were pieced together. Its also worth noting that all the pieces were showcased in 3D, so when the viewers wear the 3D glasses supplied the works would look as if they were popping out.


One of Brian Murphy’s works consisted of a about 16 seconds of film that featured a women dancing that was pieced together so they rapidly switch back and forth between the frames selected for that segment of the film. At the very end however the full 16 or so seconds of the film used play normally as they originally were, bringing the entire piece together. This film has a nice sense of Unity, this is because of how even though the frames don’t move fluently they still fit together in the sequence of the original scene from the film, showing the original film at the end made it the sequence feel full and complete as even though that scene is all we have been seeing, seeing it move at normal speed gave it a satisfying end after seeing frames that rapidly switched between each other for longer than the actual scene itself was.


Another Piece featured at the gallery was very similar to the first one, however instead of a women dancing from a film it consisted of a video of a boxing match that Murphy took himself. The images flickered in and out while switching between each other every few seconds. This Work has an interesting use of space, as the pictures are from the audience point of view most of the pictures are filled mostly with the ring and background but the two boxers are in the center of the picture at all times. This helps the piece because it brings the focus to the two boxers more effectively that it would have if the images were zoomed into the boxers, allowing a more natural look to the images themselves. A very similar work was shown that showed 3 different screens of two men oil wrestling, clearly taken from a video of sorts however it still had the same feeling as the boxing video.


Another interesting piece was a tape recorder and flip book provided at the edge of the room. You wear the headphones which has simple background music and the flip book had an animation of a women dancing in circles. Out of all the works this piece stood out the most as it was mostly not digital and had a completely different feel from the rest of the pieces. The piece had a sense of balance, as the animation was fluent for a flip book animation and the music provided gave the animation more life and activity.


The final Piece that was shown was a television screen that had a large amount of flashing waves of color and what looked to be Brian Murphy’s face in the background that was also being distorted. Murphy stated that he used examples of his own DNA to produce a song that he then put into the program used to make the video and what came out was a very fluent color wave that distorted the image of his face just enough so you could still tell what it was while it still being quite difficult to see. This work definitely show a lot of Color, the color is constantly changing and is so eye catching as they are all very bright and may be a strain on the eyes if looked at too long but still interesting to look like.


Overall Brian Murphy’s work shows a large amount of what distorting video’s frames beyond normal viewing standers can convey when it comes to abstract film art. His tendency to make frames jump back and forth really make watching the videos difficult but interesting at the same time as you want to see what happens next, a lot of anticipation is used and it works to Brian Murphy’s advantage.

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