About

Joshua W Murray Photographer & Designer

Statement

I am a multidisciplinary artist often working with photography, collage, drawing, and music. My medium is varied but my approach to art making embraces metamodernist sensibilities. Metamodernism is the wholly fluid and fluctuating inclusion of everything from the ideological modernist movement to the cynical insincerity of post-modernism. I enjoy assembling multiple disparate objects and images into new narratives and landscapes.This technique is a way to deconstruct the past, consider what has been learned, and then rebuild into a new aesthetic.There is value in examining change. There is wisdom in observing the aesthetic of failure.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Collagosseum, Artista Bottega, St. Paul, MN
2015 History of Security Building, Smallest Museum in Saint Paul, St. Paul, MN
2015 Me and What I Could Be, TuckUnder Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2015 Gods and Idiophones, Dubliner Pub, St. Paul, MN
2013 Miscellaneous Debris, Dubliner Pub, St. Paul, MN
2010 The Elephant Game and Other Delights, Galactic Pizza, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Tiny Universes, Healing Arts Program Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Hudson, WI
2016 Gods and Idiophones: But I Fear I Have Nothing to Give, Unicorn Show 2, Minneapolis, MN
2015 Verboten: Only You Can Hear the Lies I Tell, MN State Fair, St. Paul, MN
2014 Artist Arsenal MN presents All Aboard Green Line Launch Pop-up Gallery , Mediterranean Market, St. Paul, MN
2010 Foot in the Door 4 , Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2009 Flawless Victory , Audubon, Minneapolis, MN
2008 Tiny Bits , Audubon, Minneapolis, MN
2004 Disparate Observations , Occasional Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Selected Publications

2015 Art Director for Aleatorium by The Old Smugglers
2008 Art Director for Outcry album by Two Eyes For The Dead
2008 Photographer for “Alexis Jean Fournier’s Time and Place”, Minneapolis Institute of Arts Magazine for Members July/August, page 14
2006 Photographer for Pax Christi Cookbook

Performance / Music

2013 – Present The Old Smugglers, Singer/ Guitarist/ Various Instruments/ Songwriter/ Lyricist
2002 – 2013 Two Eyes for the Dead, Guitarist/ Songwriter/ Lyricist
2001 Kitchen Wall, Bassist
2000 – 2003 Heavy Set Boulevard, Guitarist/ Songwriter/ Lyricist
1999 Lymonphore, Bassist/ Guitarist/ Singer/ Songwriter/ Lyricist
1997 Beethoven Wore a Leather Jacket, Guitarist/ Songwriter
1995 Whizzleteeth, Singer/ Guitarist/ Songwriter/ Lyricist
1994 Drain, Singer/ Guitarist/ Songwriter/ Lyricist
1993 – Present The Thing That Ate Floyd, Singer/ Guitarist/ Songwriter/ Lyricist

Professional Affiliations

2013 – present Installation Assistant for Erik Pearson, Shipwrecked Studios
2009 – present Member of Saint Paul Arts Collective
2014 – 2016 Board of Directors, Communications Committee Chair, CVA Action
2013 – 2015 Member of Artist Arsenal MN
2012 – 2014 Volunteer Art Crawl Building Coordinator

Press

2014, Tour local artist studios during St. Paul Art Crawl Posted on 08 April 2014 by robwas66, Saint Paul Monitor, http://www.monitorsaintpaul.com/tour-local-artist-studios-during-st-paul-art-crawl/
2014, April, St. Paul Monitor, Vol. 39 No. 12, Tour local artist studios during St. Paul Art Crawl by Tesha M. Christensen, page 1 & 5
2009, St. Paul Art Crawl: First of three Eggs Posted on April 27, 2009 by Matt Peiken, http://3minuteegg.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/st-paul-art-crawl-first-of-three-eggs/

Education

2006 BFA, College of Visual Arts