I recently exhibited some new works in progress at Parallel Visions in Lincoln. My former professor, and art critic Robert J. Mahoney stopped by and composed some beautiful words about his experience. You can read the article in full at Art Files for the Flatlanders.
"Most such art is ersatz and argumentative in a rationale way, leading the witness, offering us only confirmation of our outrage. Murff could easily have fallen into that trap, and it’s quite possible to do a quick walk-by and not get anything from these dark objects. But I was taxed by the fact that I had to weave through the gallery because I showed up early, so things were still being set up, then the light was odd, and so I stepped in real close. And this is where the magic is. Murff lists “foil” as one of his media, that would seem to explain the gloss and reflectivity of the surfaces. I took some photos and was like, there was no way they were going to show up, but then was surprised because there was so much ambient light caught up that the photos came out just fine. And what the photos capture is the unsteady nature of the image in our vision, as a kind of visual metaphor of where they exist in our memory. Michael Brown? one hopes that people remember, but that was 30 months ago, time moves on, I would guess I could ask people on the street, and most will have forgotten. It’s even worse for the nameless from the first, they just become roadkill in the files of public life, and then, for them, public memory turns to amnesia.
-Robert J. Mahoney