The Work of Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy's Santa Monica solo exhibition Perceptual Shift opens to the public on December 8, 2022.
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Illusion - 2022
New multidirectional illusion sculpture composed of 500 toy guns. One of twelve new works making their debut at my Santa Monica exhibition Perceptual Shift. Show opens December 8, 2022.
Woman Power - 2022
New multidirectional illusion sculpture composed of 1300 stainless steel spheres. One of twelve new works making their debut at my Santa Monica exhibition Perceptual Shift. Show opens December 8, 2022.
Polina - 2022
Polina is a portrait of a six year old Ukrainian friend of the artist’s family. At the onset of the Russian Ukrainian conflict, Polina and her parents were forced to flee Ukraine leaving their home, school, and careers behind. This image of her was captured shortly after she and her family arrived in Germany in March 2022. This work is about movement, migration and the way in which criminal political parties and their wars affect innocent families.
This new 3D halftone sculpture consisting of 2,316 wood parts is one of twelve new works making their debut at my Santa Monica exhibition Perceptual Shift. Show opens December 8, 2022.
NO WAR - 2022
A new multidirectional illusion sculpture composed of several hundred children’s toys and 3D printed parts. It is meant to serve as a protest to all war. The use of the toys is intended to draw attention to the way they are used to indoctrinate and propagandize children and normalize war.
This piece is part of a solo project that I have been working on for the past eight months. It is one of twelve new works that I will be unveiling later this year in my first Los Angeles solo show. I hope you can make it. Stay tuned for the opening date.
The Immigrant - A tribute to immigrants. 2019
3D halftone sculpture. When you view the 2,300 wood balls from forty feet away you see an image of Murphy’s wife Natasha. The work calls attention to the positive contributions immigrants make to our communities. Natasha is an immigrant and it's with her help that this piece was made possible. This tribute is intended to introduce positivity into a negative and overly politicized conversation.
SMILES - 2021
New permanent work at the PepsiCo Headquarters in Purchase, NY.
Oh! The Things You'll See! - 2021
Dr. Seuss sculpture currently on view as part of The Dr. Seuss Experience at Water Tower Place in Chicago.
Portal - 2021
Michael Murphy, Samsung TV, Cercle Music, and Gorgon City teamed up to create this piece. The art installation, consisting of eleven Neo QLED televisions suspended and spiraling through space, was displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK. The song and video of the performance were recorded at the Skywalk in Biokovo, Croatia.
AIR - 2019
Mulidirectional illusion sculpture for the Sneakertopia pop-up event in Los Angeles, CA.
CHANGE PAYS installation in the Oculus at World Trade Center One.
Collaboration with Jaeger LeCoultre
Multi-directional illusion sculpture created for the NFL on view at the Super Bowl Experience in Tampa, FL
Collaboration with Wunderman Thompson for British Telecom.
3D halftone rendering of the Spruce Goose airplane installed at Google Playa Vista.
On view at Canvas Bowery, NYC
Patrick Mahomes | Perceptual Art - Super Bowl LIV | NFL 100
Toyota Highlander. Displayed at the 2019 NY Auto Show.
Dolly. Portrait of a waste picker from India rendered out of plastic waste. Displayed at the Borough Market in London
Bombardier. Displayed at EBACE 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
A selection of previous works.
CRISIS/HOPE Commissioned by A&E for Intervention TV show
STOP WAR in Worcester Mass for POW WOW Worcester
Trap Muzik Installation for TI
Climate Change is Real
Centerpiece for the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
Deion Sanders sculpture for ESPN at Superbowl LIII In Atlanta, GA
Centerpiece sculpture for McCormick headquarters
Look CLoser - Commissioned for A&E
V-Cam TV spot for LG
Opener for the NHL Stanley Cup Finals
Lee Jeans w/ Hypebeast
Young Pope for Sky Atlantic
Make America Great
Harajuku, Shibuya, Tokyo