Photographer Robert Murphy to speak at St. Thomas
Robert Murphy believes that great photographs provide insight into the mysteries that life holds.
“My current work explores the complexities of this reality,” Murphy says, “transforming the mysteries of feeling, knowledge and history, into two dimensions.
“The ordinary is illuminated by the non-ordinary, often revealing a depth and richness that escapes the eye at first glance.”
Murphy will discuss his ideas of perception, reality and the photographic image at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the University of St. Thomas. Murphy will speak in Room 452 of the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus in a session that is open to the public.
Murphy works in a variety of media and styles. He uses direct and extended approaches to reflect insightfully on what is just beneath the surface of what is seen and the relationship of perception and reality. His photographs have been exhibited at major museums and galleries, and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.
Murphy has taught photography in college classes and workshops for more than 20 years. His approach to teaching comes directly from his career as a visual artist, emphasizing critical thinking, technique and discipline, and openness to new ideas. He strives to help his students learning while creating work that is diverse, sophisticated, and reflective of intense commitment.
Murphy’s presentation is in conjunction with an exhibit of his photographs, “Fire in the Valley,” on view Oct. 7, 2013, through Feb. 28, 2014, in the Art Space Gallery located in Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 LaSalle Ave., on the university’s Minneapolis campus. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays.
The free exhibit is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences office of the dean, the Communication and Journalism Department, the Opus College of Business, and University Relations Photo Services. The exhibition was curated by Mark E. Jensen.