Lora Schlesinger Gallery is proud to present Idle, featuring a new series of paintings and drawings by Christopher Murphy. Idle is Murphy’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception, Saturday October 21st from 5 – 7 pm, and is on view through November 25, 2017.
Christopher Murphy’s Idle analyzes the dual nature of leisure and idleness, a duality which Franz Kafka identified as the “beginning of all vice, and the crown of all virtue.” Through photorealistic renderings of subjects in various states of leisure, Murphy questions when leisure, tranquil and meditative, transforms into idleness, empty and oblivious.
Murphy’s subjects are reimagined from family photographs found in his own collections, estate sales, and thrift stores, chosen for their intrinsic qualities of candidness, semi-permanence, and immediacy. In these photographs of the past, Murphy searches for subjects that reflect conditions of the human experience: beauty, indolence, sadness, and humor. With this exhibition, Murphy expands his concept of altering the instantaneousness of photography into a laborious rendering experience. In taking months to create detailed drawings and paintings from photographs, he redefines the transitory nature of technology.
Murphy was born in 1977 and grew up in Irvine, CA. His earliest and most lasting influences are the painters Lucien Freud, Antonio López García, and Robert Bechtle. He earned his B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in 2002, and was awarded the highest honor of graduation with distinction. His work has been reviewed by The Los Angeles Times, Artweek, and Art Papers. In 2012, he was selected as the New American Paintings Reader’s Choice Winner.
Lora Schlesinger Gallery is also proud to present Con Fuego, featuring a new series of paintings by Robert Ginder in our east gallery. Con Fuego is Ginder’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception, Saturday October 21st from 5 – 7 pm, and is on view through November 25, 2017.
Robert Ginder’s Con Fuego presents fire as a symbol of freedom, the epitome of dynamism and change as opposed to destruction. In this new series, Ginder adopts fire as an emblem of freedom of expression, celebrating that freedom which is often under siege. Visible throughout the exhibition, the emblem features a flame engulfing a palm tree, unifying the symbols that represent inspiration, passion and paradise under the common cause of self-expression.
Ginder is known for painting contemporary subjects under traditional genres, juxtaposing the modern day with the historical. He places secular subjects in landscapes of gold to evoke religious iconography of 14th century Renaissance paintings. The conflict between the contemporary and traditional is further examined through his hyper-traditional still-life works. Although a highly traditional genre of painting, Ginder veers from the tradition into the contemporary by rendering the paintings in cinematic sizes to emphasize the subject’s qualities and splendor. The interplay between the traditional and contemporary serves to generate admiration for prosaic subjects that would ordinarily be dismissed.
Robert Ginder lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited internationally since 1984. In 2012, he was included in the Belvedere Museum’s Gold Exhibition in Vienna, Austria. In 1992, he was the recipient of the New York Foundations for the Arts Fellowship. His work can be found in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art.
Exhibition Dates: October 21 – November 25, 2017