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LUKE MURPHY
CHRISTINE WANG

Screen Time

Night Gallery is pleased to present Screen Time, an exhibition of new work by Luke Murphy and Christine Wang. Both artists address the screen as a digital intermediary for experience. Though its trajectory began long ago, the screen's total encroachment upon daily life reached new heights in 2020, becoming the primary tool of community engagement, creative exploration, and consumer activity in response to long-term shelter-in-place restrictions. Murphy and Wang consider the omnipresence of the screen without dogma, addressing its cultural and perceptual implications with a sense of humor and an appreciation of unexpected beauty.

Entrance install

Screen Time, installation view, 2021

Volcano

Christine Wang, Volcano, 2021

Dog

Christine Wang, Dog, 2021

New Install 2

Screen Time, installation view at Night Gallery, 2021

Christine Paragraph

Christine Wang, Mannequin, 2021



Christine Wang, a San Francisco-based artist, paints memes "organically" found on the Internet in exacting detail, speaking to the ephemeral nature of online content and the development of discourse through viral culture. While humorous, her works enshrine a history that might otherwise be lost, subverting these already irreverent materials by doing the unexpected – taking them seriously. A virtuoso painter, Wang recreates these images with stunning attention to light and color, subjecting them to rigorous semiotic scrutiny. Painted in Impressionist style, one can compare the nineteenth century French movement’s reverence for the ephemeral with Wang’s work, which captures and enshrines cultural artifacts meant to be immediately discarded. Indeed, Wang is frequently drawn to images that reflect the fleeting shelf-life of viral culture, incorporating celebrities, catchphrases, and controversies of the hour.

Lord Kelvin column

Luke Murphy, Lord Kelvin Column with 5 sides and 9 lights, 2020

Lord Kelvin column detail

Luke Murphy, Lord Kelvin Column with 5 sides and 9 lights, detail, 2020

INSTALL 3

Screen Time, installation view at Night Gallery, 2021

Luke Paragraph

Luke Murphy, Upset Cube, 2020

Luke Murphy is a New York-based artist whose works centrally incorporate LED panels programmed by the artist himself. Draped around familiar objects and embedded into wooden boards, Murphy’s light panels defy the flatness and rigidity we intuitively expect from the screen, suggesting the newfound ease with which digital media has entered the everyday. Though his standing works take on the immediate presence of sculptures, Murphy’s work is equally indebted to painting, his digital panels presenting a reinvigorated approach to abstraction. Freed from the representational content we expect from our screens, his works highlight the pixel as a unit of perception in the digital terms of the 21st century. At the same time that Murphy’s work emphasizes possibility, his sculptures are frequently characterized by a sense of collapse, his light panels seemingly strewn across culturally charged objects including police barricades and discarded Christmas trees. As a whole, the works reflect ambivalence toward technology’s presence in domestic life, depicting hallucinatory beauty and quotidian chaos at once.

LONG BUNDLE 1

Luke Murphy, Long Bundle, 2020

LONG BUNDLE 2

Luke Murphy, Long Bundle, detail, 2020

MANDALA 2

Christine Wang, Mandala Blue, 2021

MANDALA 1

Christine Wang, Mandala Red, 2021

INSTALL 4

Screen Time, installation view at Night Gallery, 2021

New Installation 4

Screen Time, installation view at Night Gallery, 2021

Florida

Christine Wang, Florida, 2021

Presented in Spring 2021, Screen Time brings together these two voices in a multifaceted contemplation of our present moment. In equal parts euphoric, critical, escapist, hilarious, and mournful, their work presents a kaleidoscopic approach to a moment of cultural inundation and mass uncertainty, finding value in the sheer play of perception and the long standing role of art to illuminate through confusion.

INSTALL 5

Screen Time, installation view at Night Gallery, 2021

Looters

Christine Wang, Looters, 2021

Looters detail

Christine Wang, Looters, detail, 2021

Looters detail 2

Christine Wang, Looters, detail, 2021

Ladder-Exchange 1

Luke Murphy, Ladder Exchange, 2020

Ladder-Exchange 2

Luke Murphy, Ladder-Exchange, detail, 2020

 

INSTALL 6

Screen Time, installation view, 2021

Dinosaur

Christine Wang, Dinosaur, 2020

Luke Murphy has presented exhibitions and performances at venues including CANADA Gallery, New York; Postmasters; The Kitchen, New York; Artists Space, New York; Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY; PS122, New York;  The Queens Museum of Art, New York; MOCA in Jacksonville, Florida; Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Canada; and Conduit Gallery in Dallas. His work has been featured in the New York Times and Art Forum. He lives and works in New York. 


Christine Wang has recently had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne, Berlin, and Munich; and Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco, CA. Recent group exhibitions include the Frans-Haals Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; M. LeBlanc Gallery, Chicago; Et Al, San Francisco; LAXART, Los Angeles; Foxy Production, New York; and the African American Museum, Philadephia, PA, among others. In 2020, Wang's solo presentation at The Armory Show was awarded the Pommery Prize; in 2019, she was a finalist for SFMoMA's SECA Art Award, and in 2017, she was nominated for the Paulo Cunha E Silva Art Prize. She lives and works in San Francisco.

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Christine Wang
Volcano, 2021
oil on linen
48 x 48 in (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
CW180

Luke Murphy
Long Bundle, 2020
steel studs, steel and aluminum braces, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
108 x 45 x 45 in (274.3 x 114.3 x 114.3 cm)
LMU007

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Christine Wang
Dog, 2021
oil on linen
72 x 60 in (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
CW179

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Christine Wang
Mannequin, 2021
oil on linen
72 x 60 in (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
CW165

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Luke Murphy
Lord Kelvin Column with 5 sides and 9 Lights, 2020
steel studs, aluminum wire, wood, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
82 x 10 x 10 in (208.3 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
LMU003

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Christine Wang
Florida, 2021
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 in (91.4 x121.9 cm)
CW175

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Luke Murphy
Field Sign, 2020
discarded Xmas tree, steel studs, aluminum wire, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
91 x 35 x 9 in (231.1 x 88.9 x 22.9 cm)
LMU005

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Christine Wang
Mandala Blue, 2021
acrylic and oil stick on canvas
72 x 60 in (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
CW177

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Christine Wang
Mandala Red, 2021
acrylic and oil stick on canvas
72 x 60 in (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
CW176

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Luke Murphy
Ladder-Exchange, 2020
ladder, steel studs, aluminum wire, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
96 x 30 x 40 in (243.8 x 76.2 x 101.6 cm)
LMU008

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Christine Wang
Looters, 2021
acrylic on canvas
96 x 72 in (243.8 x 182.9 cm)
CW178

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Luke Murphy
Upset Cube, 2020
steel studs, sheet metal, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
29 1/2 x 25 x 25 in (74.9 x 63.5 x 63.5 cm)
LMU006

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Christine Wang
Dinosaur, 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 108 in (213.4 x 274.3 cm)
CW164

Inquire

Christine Wang
Volcano, 2021
oil on linen
48 x 48 in (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
CW180

Luke Murphy
Long Bundle, 2020
steel studs, steel and aluminum braces, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
108 x 45 x 45 in (274.3 x 114.3 x 114.3 cm)
LMU007

Christine Wang
Dog, 2021
oil on linen
72 x 60 in (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
CW179

Christine Wang
Mannequin, 2021
oil on linen
72 x 60 in (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
CW165

Luke Murphy
Lord Kelvin Column with 5 sides and 9 Lights, 2020
steel studs, aluminum wire, wood, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
82 x 10 x 10 in (208.3 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
LMU003

Christine Wang
Florida, 2021
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 in (91.4 x121.9 cm)
CW175

Luke Murphy
Field Sign, 2020
discarded Xmas tree, steel studs, aluminum wire, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
91 x 35 x 9 in (231.1 x 88.9 x 22.9 cm)
LMU005

Christine Wang
Mandala Blue, 2021
acrylic and oil stick on canvas
72 x 60 in (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
CW177

Christine Wang
Mandala Red, 2021
acrylic and oil stick on canvas
72 x 60 in (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
CW176

Luke Murphy
Ladder-Exchange, 2020
ladder, steel studs, aluminum wire, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
96 x 30 x 40 in (243.8 x 76.2 x 101.6 cm)
LMU008

Christine Wang
Looters, 2021
acrylic on canvas
96 x 72 in (243.8 x 182.9 cm)
CW178

Luke Murphy
Upset Cube, 2020
steel studs, sheet metal, LED matrix panels, video driver hardware, software, power supplies, PC, code
29 1/2 x 25 x 25 in (74.9 x 63.5 x 63.5 cm)
LMU006

Christine Wang
Dinosaur, 2020
acrylic on canvas
84 x 108 in (213.4 x 274.3 cm)
CW164