Ethan Murrow received his B.A. from Carleton College and his M.F.A from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recent and upcoming solo shows of drawings, video and sculpture include the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, La Galerie Particulière in Paris and Brussels, Slete Gallery in Los Angeles, Winston Wachter Fine Art in New York City and Seattle, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Jacksonville MOCA. Ethan recently participated as Artist in residence at Facebook, was included in the DeCorodva Museum’s 2013 Biennial with a three story wall drawing and had a solo museum show at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. In the summer of 2015 he was a fellow at the Ballinglen Foundation in Ireland. His work is in many public, private and corporate collections and has been reviewed and published widely around the world. A monograph on his work out in the fall of 2015 with the German publisher Hatje Cantz. His film project “Dust” with Harvest Films and wife Vita Weinstein Murrow was an official selection of the 2008 New York Film Festival. The Murrow’s also published their first children’s book, “The Whale” in Europe with Big Picture Press and in the USA shortly after that with Candlewick Press. Murrow serves on the Graduate and Painting Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

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Artist Statement

 

Kalaloch Lodge sits on a rough coastline in the Pacific Northwest, part of the Olympic National Park. A decade ago, I was entering the lodge restaurant and discovered a photo of my great grandparents from the exact same site. In the grainy image, they stand among their logging camp kitchen garden, looking stoic and overworked. I began to sand away at the sheen of the story of their American Dream and the camps they worked in, which were filled with labor strife, impoverishment, and bits and pieces of hard won success. The sheer scope of what happened in the West as populations from the East pushed to the margins of North America is a staggering history of discovery, ignorance, reinvention, loss, and the harsh transformation of a landscape and people. This narrative and the factual, idealized, absurd, and uncomfortable ways in which we Americans choose to craft tales about our country has defined what I navigate.

Many of the photographs, paintings, and films that deal with the early history of the United States are saturated with ideas of false hope and impossible perfection. The Country is particularly good at rendering a vision of itself that conveniently edits out the messy, unwanted and uncomfortable truths of our past. The Hudson River School painter Albert Bierstadt, for example, created a grand version of America that was part reality, part heroic invention, and full of a colonial, power-hungry view of the country. Bierstadt has been a frequent target of admiration as well as cynical reference in the drawings. I nod to these masterworks, recognizing that the ambition and possibility of the United States can be seen within these depictions of drama and wonder. Many are resampled and coagulated with individuals and moments that are at odds with the whitewashed sublime. Through a mash up of images, I hope to cut away at the neat and tidy narrative of progress and domination and create moments that deal with the abundant misinformation, deep confusion, genuine absurdity and billowing mass that has always kept this Country on its toes.

As our world leaks and creaks forward, landscape can act as the ultimate term and representation of the joys and foibles of our actions. Landscape is an aesthetic ideal, an edited view of reality that suits the maker—in essence, a fiction. For me, the word has come to define our use of images and stories to convince ourselves of who we are, what we know to be true, and what we wish was fact.

These drawings are re-tellings of histories, past images, heroes, and idiots. They are obsessively detailed puzzles and scenarios intended to honor a lineage of grand gestures and soapboxing and expose the deficiencies and dangers of doing so in the first place.

 

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Education

 

2002 · University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing, painting and sculpture

 

1998 · Carleton College, Northfield, MN

B.A. in Studio Arts with a focus on painting and printmaking

Cum Laude with Distinction in The Arts

 

Filmography

 

2008

“Dust,” Official Selection, 46th annual New York Film Festival, New York, NY 

Co-writer, actor and narrator, produced with Harvest Films, Santa Monica, CA

 

Selected Exhibitions (* denotes solo)

 

2016

* Jacksonville MOCA, FL

*Winston Wachter, New York, NY

* "Journeys in/to Alternative Worlds” Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan. WI

 

2015

* Obsolete / Slete, Culver City, CA

* Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

* La Galerie Partculiere,Paris, France


2014

* Winston Wachter, New York, NY

* Slete, Culver City, CA

“The Vault - Destilled Lives” video and audio compendium, Spaces, Cleveland, OH

 

2013

deCordova Biennial, Lincoln, MA

* La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France

* The Clay Center for Arts and Sciences, Charleston WV

“New Works by Visiting Artists” Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

 

2012

* Obsolete, Venice, CA

“Like, Comment, Share” Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington D.C.

 

2011

* Winston Wachter, New York, NY

* La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France

“The Universe - Seeing is Knowing” The Weitz Center Museum, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

 

2010

* Kendall College Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

“Fast Forward - Four for the Future” Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM

* Winston Wachter Fine Art Seattle, WA

* Obsolete Galery Venice, CA

“But is it Drawing?” Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro, VT

 

2009

“H20 Film on Water” Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY

“On Paper” Jenkins Johnson, New York, NY

* Winston Wachter Fine Art, New York, NY

 

2008

“New Prints” The International Print Center, New York, NY

* D3 Gallery Santa Monica, CA

“In Print” SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM

* Obsolete Gallery, Venice, CA

 

2007

* Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA

 

2006

* Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

* Firehouse Center For The Visual Arts, Burlington, VT

 

2005

*Obsolete Gallery, Venice, CA

*Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

*Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY

The Ever Changing Landscape The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Louisville, KY

 

2004

*MPG Contemporary, Boston, MA

Building a Legacy The Bemis Center, Omaha, NE

*Robert Rentz Gallery, Richmond, VA

Land Colby Sawyer College Art Gallery New London, NH

 

2003

*Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken, SC

*Spheris Gallery, Bellows Falls, VT

*Space LabSpaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Charcoal Reeves Contemporary, New York, NY 

The Viewing Room, New York, NY

Violent Violence Gallery Art et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Holland

*Doll-Anstadt Gallery, Burlington, VT 

 

2002

*Mitten Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA

Coloring Words The Fotogalerie, Fringe Club, Hong Kong 

New Currents in Contemporary Art Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

 

2001

International Sculpture Center at Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

*MPG Contemporary, Boston, MA

 

2000

*Firehouse Center For The Visual Arts, Burlington, VT

 

Selected Collections

 

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

The Guggenheim Foundation

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

The University of New Mexico Art Museum

Carleton College

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Liberty Media

20th Century Fox

Harvest Films

Burton Snowboards

Burj Dubai - EMAAR

The Copper Press