Ethan Murrow, ‘State of Louisiana’, 2014, Winston Wächter Fine Art

About Ethan Murrow

In multimedia works, Ethan Murrow builds narratives featuring characters with pathological ambitions. “It seems to me that there is a fragile line between reckless obsession and brilliant success,” he has said. “My work resides in this area, applauding ridiculous pursuits and cringing at ill-fated experimentation.” Murrow begins his process by creating collaborative film works, after which he builds installations composed of props, reused as sculptures, and photorealistic graphite drawings based on film stills. These drawings resemble black-and-white newspaper photos from the early 20th century, and suggest a pseudo-documentary archive of the pursuits of Murrow’s characters. Although he deals with grand themes of human ambition, Murrow infuses his work with absurdist humor, revealing the comedic failure of his subjects.

American, b. 1975

Solo Shows on Artsy

The Cowboy, Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle
Ethan Murrow: Water Almanac, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York
Agglomerate: A Confused Mass, Slete Gallery, Culver City
Ethan Murrow, Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

Tamarind Salon, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
Infinite Histories, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque
A Few of Our Favorite Things, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque