Brett Murray started this body of work ('Sleep Sleep') in 2005. When speaking about the body of work Brett commented that, 'I consciously didn't constrict or frame what I was doing into a thematic straight jacket. My intention was to use different materials and processes and to allow for awkward jumps and associations between one group of ideas to the next in order to see where this would lead me.' Working in this way Murray has used a variety of media including bronze, paintings, prints, plastic cut outs and photographs.
His bronzes describe children's toy-like animals as thinly veiled attacks on notions of incompetence, greed and buffoonery. There is a series of large plastic drawings of 'sleeping' heads describing a kind of a somnambulist funk. Murray has also produced a group of photographic self portraits which have the facetious title 'New Beginnings', and has painted a Zen-like series of portraits of his 'favorite' politician's arse-holes. In addressing issues of war Murray has produced a series of re-worked Cardies style images. This body of work also includes a few text based works and some paintings which are based on 50's neo-colonial book covers.
Opening reception: Wednesday 27 September, 6pm
Brett Murray at the Goodman Gallery, Michael Smith, ArtThrob Issue No. 106, June 2006