STURM AND DRANG, the fifth solo exhibition by artist Christopher Murphy at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, will feature new drawings such as Wanderer Above the Mist of Sea (above).

STURM AND DRANG, the fifth solo exhibition by artist Christopher Murphy at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, will feature new drawings such as Wanderer Above the Mist of Sea (above).

The Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica will present artist Christopher Murphy’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery, Sturm and Drang, beginning Saturday, April 20 through June 1.
An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. April 20 at the gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. T3, Santa Monica.
The exhibit features new drawings by the artist.
Using photos from his own travels in addition to found ones (from family albums and antique stores) as the basis for his work, Murphy aimed to create new realities by dramatically restaging the action, recontextualizing figures, or inventing scenarios, a gallery spokesperson said.
The satiny grays of the graphite nod to the often black and white photographic origins of the pieces, the spokesperson noted.
Through his drawings, Murphy searches for the aesthetic beauty in the power of a violent conflagration, or depicting the placidity in the aftermath of a flood, or using composition to portray an explosive moment as both furious and tranquil, the gallery spokesperson said.
By rendering figures as diminutive in an expansive landscape, from behind, or completely absent, Murphy aims to either invite the viewer into the environment directly or provide a mediating perspective through which to experience these places or events, the spokesperson added.
Murphy, who was born in 1977 and grew up in Irvine, earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Art Center College of Design in 2002.
In conjunction with Sturm and Drang, the Schlesinger East Gallery presents Rashell George’s second solo exhibition, Downpour, featuring two new series of works by the artist.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Information, (310) 828-1133, or www.loraschlesinger.com.

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