by Joe Nolan
Gaston Bachelard was a French philosopher whose groundbreaking ideas about the history of scientific development argued that science did not move forward in a continuous evolution, but in fits and starts that found past concepts and theories being re-contextualized into new ones. Bachelard’s work in the first half of the 20th century paved the way for contemporary thinkers like Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, and the philosopher’s influence can also be felt in artist Marilyn Murphy’s new exhibition at Cumberland Gallery.
Air and Dreams takes its title from one of Bachelard’s books, and I’m looking forward to seeing how Murphy might incorporate some of the philosopher’s ideas into her gorgeous graphite drawings, which have historically taken the artist’s ironic sentimentality to far darker and more satisfying places than her colorful canvases.
At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, Cumberland will host a discussion with Murphy, who will discuss her inspirations and creative process.