Monday, 12 November 2012

Liverpool Biennial 2012: Patrick Murphy, Belonging

A very simple and light-hearted work which responds to the theme of the biennial, Hospitality  If you have ever lived or been to a city then you will know how much the pigeon is hated or looked as a nuisance. They are even given the name flying rats due to the unclean look about them and the diseases they carry. Murphy has turned this animal from a nuisance to a welcoming by making them pure bright colours such as green, blue and yellow. It makes the spectator notice the pigeons and sees them in a different light. They are still in the urban setting and can be seen all along the top of the Walker and a few in the Walker Gallery. So overall the artist as made an animal which is avoided and made them hospitable. You can even buy smaller versions in the gallery shop!

No comments:

Post a Comment