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Ethan Murrow uses film and photography to create farcical, theatrical narratives that are then translated into large-scale graphite drawings. These beautifully rendered drawings focus on characters as outrageous innovators and absurd explorers capturing a sense of adventure, satire, fun and defeat. Drawing upon what …

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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.

Selected exhibitions
2020
Ethan Murrow: Exit StrategyWinston Wächter Fine Art
2019
Ethan Murrow: American CommerceWinston Wächter Fine Art
2017
Failed Ballads by Ethan MurrowSlete Gallery
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The Cultivar, 2021

High flow acrylic on mounted board
60 × 48 in
152.4 × 121.9 cm
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$45,000
Location
Seattle, New York, Bridgehampton
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Ethan Murrow uses film and photography to create farcical, theatrical narratives that are then …

Medium
Condition
Perfect
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, On the back
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)

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.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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