Rocky Neck Gallery (RNG) is pleased to announce the opening show of the Summer Artists Series featuring wire sculpture artist Brian Murphy. His show titled “Totally Wired at the Beach,” opens this Friday, May 24th, at 11 AM and is on view through Tuesday, June 11. Come meet Brian Murphy at RNG’s opening reception on Saturday, May 25 from 6-8 PM, and hear him talk about his art at 7 PM. The gallery is located at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester.
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Murphy describes his art:
“My work can be seen as lighthearted line drawings in the medium of steel wire. Often political and humorous themes are incorporated which can challenge or amuse the viewer leaving them uplifted. The goal of each piece is to create kinetic movement from the tension in the wire so that the figures seem to dance or sway on their own and appear enlivened. Mythological themes and tales of transformation dominate illustrating the power of art to help us change and grow.”
Murphy is a child therapist working for the last twenty-five years with traumatized children. In 2001, he explored art therapy as an important process to supplement his practice. Art therapy helped his young patients address their trauma in a creative way. One of his methods was helping them make magic wands to confront night fears. The wands also served as a tool to channel as he says, “the magic inside all of us.” Murphy moved on to designing robots with them, then mobiles with goal of introducing movement and flow in the work. Doing these exercises helped Murphy realize his talent for wire sculpture. With the encouragement of the children he worked with he began to create wire sculptures on a more consistent basis. He learned the fundamentals of balance and kinetic energy to create humorous, entertaining figures.
Murphy’s studio is located in the South End of Boston (SOWA). Totally Wired Sculpture was born in 2002 and he divides his time with his art business and his therapy work.
“I have gradually spent more time in the creative process, which seems to be a nice balance to my work with children who often share incredibly painful stories.”
He focuses on building whimsical moving figures to the delight of a huge following. Murphy is in demand for designing for individual and corporate events. His wire sculptures have appeared in numerous shows and are in many private collections. He has exhibited his work in Boston: at the Children’s Hospital; the Massachusetts General Hospital; the Boston Medical Center; The Healing and Arts Gallery; and the Brookline Arts Center; in Provincetown at the Gorgeous Little Things Gallery; and American Folk Art Museum Shop in New York.
To see more of Brian Murphy’s work please visit his website http://www.totallywiredsculpture.com
Rocky Neck Gallery opens Friday, May 24 at 11 AM to 8 PM. The gallery’s regular schedule hours are: Thursday – Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM & Sunday – Wednesday 11 AM – 6 PM. Info at 978-282-0917. Parking is available on the street and in the lot.