This new body of work by Samuel Murnane is derived from the documentation of sectioned architectural spaces through various devices – curtains, glass dividers, reflective surfaces – and the spatiotemporal distortions they create.
Familiar architectural interiors and exteriors are imaged on the two-dimensional printed plane, creating an atmospheric space which oscillates between figuration and abstraction. The layered nature of the lithographic image is revealed on close inspection over time, as the figurative elements of each print dissolve into a colour field.
The works are derived from photographic documentation of the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan. Both cultural institutions distort and divide architectural space to mask and reveal themselves at once.
Images: Samuel Murnane, 2018, 21st Century Curtain, Lithographic Print on cotton rag paper