Sunday, February 14, 2010


John Murphy Photographs

When I view John Murphy's photographs I dream of heaven, a place filled with a peculiar type of beauty...then I realize that an overwhelming sensation of uncanniness pervades each photo...difficult to define, easy to feel. The depth of field that throws the background emphatically out of focus also serves to transport the already unsteady viewer to what can best be described as a moment frozen in time somewhere in a Lynchian hallucinatory America where an unknown "something" is awry and teeming with defamiliarized possibilities all wanting to assert their primacy.

Like the obviously mechanical bird that puts a very strange period to David Lynch's "Blue Velvet," John Murphy's photographs are served up as beautiful lies that hint at truths that may be less palatable then they seem. BRAVO John!
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