A new exhibition by alumnus Bill Murphy (BFA 1975 Illustration) finds the artist looking close to home for inspiration. A long-time resident of Staten Island, Murphy is presenting “Undead: A Eulogy to the Staten Island Waterfront” at the borough’s Wagner College Gallery, One Campus Road. The show features drawings, paintings and prints by Murphy, all exploring the changing face of the SI waterfront. “The waterfront of Staten Island has always had a special place in my work,” says Murphy, but a recent construction project brought a new focus to his creative relationship with the area: “In the spring of 2006, a large tract of land along the Arthur
Kill was cleared for the construction of townhouses, revealing ‘Kreischerville,’ a 19th-century brick factory/industrial park where many abandoned barges, ferries and other wooden vessels are moored,” he says. Murphy has been painting and drawing in this area and in the surrounding beachfront for the last year and half.
In addition, Murphy will also be mounting a companion exhibition, “Studies at the Waterfront,” at the Spotlight Gallery, also at Wagner College. The exhibit will feature studies for the more finished work in the main gallery as well as pieces that are independent from the series. All of these works will be on view at Wagner from November 7 – December 21, with a reception on Wednesday, November 14, 5 – 8pm.
Image: Bill Murphy, Abandoned Ferry (The Astoria), from the Eulogy for Kreischerville series, 2007.