Melissa Ross: Ethan Murrow's Project Atrium at MOCA

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Ethan Murrow talks about his Project Atrium wall drawing Plethora, which is intended to draw attention to how privilege affects people's access to food. Join Melissa Ross on First Coast Connect for the discussion, after the jump!

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Ethan Murrow uses 800 black Sharpies to produce a larger-than-life human figure caught after the act of indulgence for his “Project Atrium” exhibition “Plethora,” which opens July 16 and runs through October 30.

As the figure leans over piles of fresh food, a large pot obscures his face. This nonsensical tableau illustrates how the artist combines found and invented imagery to form an unexpected scene saturated with humor and irony. Inspired by still-life paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, the site-specific wall drawing in MOCA Jacksonville’s Atrium Gallery exposes a moment of excess, gluttony, and privilege. “Plethora” is an absurd fête that questions the role of consumption as the character delves into his insatiable desires.

The public is invited to observe the drawing process July 5-15, as Murrow and four assistants, including three local artists, work. For more information, visit MOCA Jacksonville.

Ethan Murrow received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.F.A from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recent solo shows of drawings, video and sculpture include La Galerie Particulière in Paris and Brussels, Slete Gallery in Los Angeles, Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York City and Seattle and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in West Virginia. He will have solo museum shows at the Nevada Museum of Art and the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art in 2016/17. Ethan was recently commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston to build a two story wall drawing for the Feinberg Art Wall in the museum’s lobby. Ethan recently participated as Artist in residence at Facebook, was a fellow at the Ballinglen Foundation in Ireland, received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Drawing and was included in the deCordova Museum’s Biennial with a three story wall drawing. His work is in many public, private and corporate collections and has been reviewed and published widely around the world. A monograph on his work came out in the fall of 2015 with the German publisher Hatje Cantz. His film project “Dust” with Harvest Films and wife Vita Weinstein Murrow was an official selection of the 2008 New York Film Festival. The Murrow’s also published their first children’s book, “The Whale” in Europe with Big Picture Press and in the USA shortly after that with Candlewick Press. Murrow serves on the Graduate, Painting and Drawing Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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