Secondary and Tertiary Matter
Dimensions: 38 x 62″
Media: acrylic on canvas
Secondary and Tertiary Matter is part of artist Greg Murr’s ‘Blooms’ series, which explores the unseen world with the help of peony blossoms. With the aid of digital deconstruction and recombination, peony blossoms in recent works have become a tool for bridging plant life with seemingly disparate cosmological phenomena such as dark energy, gravitational lensing, and the cosmic microwave background radiation. They are images meant to help us acknowledge that which resides outside our everyday field of reference—the observable world yet beyond our threshold of awareness—even as we return to the familiarity of the garden.
Rooted in ancient art and still prevalent today, depictions of blossoms, blooms, and other botanical elements can be found in many of the most significant art movements. There’s no way you can evade the emotive inspiration that comes from flowers. For centuries, humans have exchanged flowers as an expression of the entire emotional range, from “I love you” to “I’m sorry.” In a sophisticated language of color and form, these works by Greg Murr are ephemeral and emotional, with their poetic symbolism rubbing against the mechanisms of value, history, and trade.
Murr renders the grace of nature perhaps more beautifully than any other contemporary artist. Each flower petal is imbued with the translucent, seemingly breathing, vitality of nature. In Murr’s blooms, each petal is rendered in delicate and exquisite transparency, giving the impression of an x-ray or film negative and suggesting the fleeting nature of beauty. When one gives the work the time and attention it deserves, flower petals that first appear grey or white come to life with the pale colors of nature, and the viewer begins to “see into” the image, where nature’s pinks, blues, and other gorgeous hues emerge.
Greg Murr is an artist with incredible museum and exhibition credentials. He earned his BA and MFA in the United States and was immediately recognized by major museum curators. In fact, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York acquired a selection of Murr’s works for its permanent collection when Murr was only one or two years past his graduate program in Fine Art. Murr then went on to live and teach art in Venice, Italy. Later, he relocated to Berlin, Germany, where he works today, though his art is exhibited throughout the world.