Greg Murr "The Usual Politics"

Morgan Lehman Gallery

poster for Greg Murr "The Usual Politics"

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In "The Usual Politics", Murr uses the dog as a metaphor for humanity's basically innocent nature that is corruptible by society's charms and the false promises of the political system. Murr's return to the canine motif (previously explored in a series in 2001) was precipitated by the heated presidential race that captivated not only the American public, but the world at large in 2008.

In this series, Murr's dogs stand in as anonymous representatives of humanity, whose uncomplicated animal nature is altered by the introduction of symbolic trappings of society: high-heels, jewelry, and other emblems of luxury, technology and popular culture. In some works, such as "Election Day, 2008", the dogs can be found congregating in an absent space, noses to the ground and guided by instinct, yet still tethered to leashes that end mysteriously in the sky. In "Faith (Pump)" a group of dogs sit in a circle, gazing up at a woman's red shoe, as if this central object was worthy of worship, or emanating control over its constituents. In "Study for Civilization", dogs are stacked up on top of each other, in an absurd pyramid, with the top animal reaching to eat an apple from the crown of a tree.



from June 04, 2009 to July 03, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-06-04 from 18:00 to 20:00


Greg Murr

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