perceptual shift by michael murphy forms 2D image in three-dimensions perceptual shift by michael murphy forms 2D image in three-dimensions
jun 13, 2015

perceptual shift by michael murphy forms 2D image in three-dimensions

perceptual shift by michael murphy forms 2D image in three-dimensions
all images courtesy of michael murphy




brooklyn-based sculptor michael murphy utilizes three dimensional compositions that, when viewed from a proper angle, actually become highly organized graphic images. his most recent work, ‘perceptual shift’ features a massive interpretation of the eye of providence, otherwise known as the all seeing eye.

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‘perceptual shift’ is made of 1,252 painted wooden balls hung with braided fiber




the piece was created with the USA’s national security agency (NSA) ever-expanding surveillance program in mind. the agency has become common place in the life of many americans, for better or for worse. recently, the intelligence organization came under fire once again for secretly widening its reach to track particular groups of US citizens; this time, hackers. murphy’s work is a statement about the ‘perceptual shift’ that must occur within america’s constituents in order for genuine change to occur, forever changing the role big brother has in private affairs. the installation is currently on exhibit at I.M.A.G.E. gallery in brooklyn, new york. 


video courtesy of michael murphy 

from a distance 

the installation measures 12’x8’x10′ (feet) 

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side view

moving from the front causes the composition to explode into chaos 

material detail 

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