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Irish artist Clive Murphy creates installations and sculptures that deal with – in his words — site and surface. From his site specific inflatable installations – made from duct-taped black garbage bags filled with air by electric fans – to his DIWIF (Demonic Intervention With Ikea Furniture) series and smaller sculptures, Murphy tends to work in a lo-fi manner embracing low-brow culture.
I am especially a fan of his DIWIF (Demonic Intervention With Ikea Furniture) sculpture. The monstrous-like work would make anyone smile who has attempted to put together the infamous flat-packed furniture. The sculpture comes complete with Murphy’s humorous diagrammed instructions on how to assemble.
‘In my work I’m constantly interested in examining the peripheral, insignificant and sometimes seemingly ridiculous as a means of illustrating a sense of interconnectivity and also rebutting certain hierarchical value systems, so in this context building an architecturally orientated inflatable from plastic seems appropriate.’
From top to bottom: Almost Nothing, site specific inflatable structure at the Soap Factory, Minneapolis; MONO, site specific kinetic inflatable single tube sculpture, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin; Inflatable Trash Bag Cube, MagnanMetz Gallery; Pneutopia, Inflatable Bouncy Castle, MagnanMetz Gallery; Inflatable Box Series x2; DIWIF (Demonic Intervention With Ikea Furniture) complete with instructions by the artist, MagnanMetz; Neon Toaster; Untitled (Ice Sculpture). Photos courtesy of Pallas Projects, the Soap Factory, and MagnanMetz Gallery.