Mark Murphy
A3 Project Space, 2016

I supported Mark Murphy to produce the first iteration of his Remains exhibition alongside fellow artist John Bennett to test out an idea for a touring . They presented a series of contemporary collage works in paper and wood, shown together for the first time.

The exhibition was accompanied by 24 page self-published A6 book with an essay by Lizzie Lloyd.

It went onto tour in May 2017 at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London & April 2018 at Friendly Records, Bedminster, Bristol

Things are discarded, things are found, parts are removed, yet elements remain. 

Although their chosen source materials and work differ, their approach and graphic sensibility share similarities.

Mark Murphy draws on discarded printed material from the last 60 years to create hand cut graphic compositions, at times figurative, they explore juxtaposition of scale and context, sometimes surreal and often playful. Negative space plays an important part in many of these works, what is not there as important as what remains.

Working both in paper and more recently with found wood, Bristol based artist John Bennett explores contrasts of colour and texture - in paper on the page, but also as 3D objects, repeating angles, changing relationships with fluctuating widths and heights. The resulting compositions feel fresh whilst nodding to modernist abstraction.