A studio shot of some of the works in progress
Solo show by Joseph Murdach
1810 Gallery, Sacramento CA 11/3/17
It’s been a long time since I have had a chance to focus my creative energy into one show. When I got the chance to put something together for 1810 Gallery in Sacramento I knew that I wanted to do something a little different from what I’ve been working on.
I thought of some themes, various styles, and different ideas but could never settle on one direction. So instead of fighting the urge for everything to be the same I decided to let go of those self imposed guidelines and just work. Free from any restrictions I put pencil, marker, and paint to work and just started scribbling on all my surfaces. This has been an old starting point for me from a long time ago and it felt good to get back to basic mark making. Eventually the marks overlap and create shapes, those shapes turn into forms sometimes recognizable and sometimes abstract, which in turn start to create a composition. Changes are made during each sitting often with no plan. I worked on many pieces at once and let ideas sit when they stopped talking to me or seemed like they needed a rest. Eventually the pieces took shape and turned into a combination of abstract, representational, and sometimes surreal images.
I hope that viewers of this work will have a combination reaction of wonder, amusement, and a little confusion. I’ve enjoyed the chance to make new work and the opportunity given by 1810 Gallery, Shaun Burner and Franceska Gámez. Enjoy the show!