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Ethan Murrow

Artists Statement:
All of the projects I am involved in must be seen within the context of collaboration. I work with others whose ideas and contributions influence, inform and guide me. This process began when my wife Vita Weinstein Murrow began filming, photographing and directing me in performances in 2004. Since then we have often worked as a duo, making short videos together. Often, the still imagery we collect forms the source material for large-scale graphite drawings that are obsessive documents of infatuated characters. Vita still assists and collaborates with me during the project development and performance stages as photos are shot to use for source imagery. Our true collaboration, however, revolves around film and video. An ongoing partnership with Vita and Harvest Films of Santa Monica resulted in the short film “Dust,” an official selection of the 46th annual New York Film festival in 2008.

Despite a focus on working with others, the characters in recent narratives have been consistently averse to criticism and assistance. These figures, mostly male, are doomed to failure and prone to dysfunction. “Zero Sum Pilot,” for example, follows one man’s rigorous and suspect training for unknown aerial goals. He obtains sustained movement through the air, at cost. These are cautionary tales, cynical nods to the pitfalls of egotism and obsessive drive. Since I often play the central character in these dramas I intentionally implicate myself in the conflagration that the protagonists create around themselves. I mean to do this with a nod to Charlie Chaplain, who understood that idiocy is inevitable and our own role in it is assured.
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Artist's Blog On the Making of 'Dust'

Bio:
Ethan Murrow received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.F.A from The University of North Carolina. He shows his work nationally and internationally. Upcoming and recent solo shows include La Galerie Particulière in Paris and Winston Wachter in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include, Winston Wachter in Seattle and Obsolete in Los Angeles. Ethan’s short film, “Dust,” was an official selection of the 2008 New York Film Festival. Ethan’s work is in many collections worldwide including the Guggenheim Foundation. His work has been reviewed and published widely, including recently in the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Times. Ethan is currently a full time Graduate and Undergraduate Faculty in Painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2010, Ethan also served as the Dayton Hudson Distinguished Visiting Artist and Teacher at Carleton College. His writing work appears regularly in the Huffington Post.
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