1993 - metal: aluminum
Murray’s work typifies a striking result in scale, optimism, technical genius and surface treatment. Reflective of his start as a painter, the bright monochromatic color of 'Hillary' is reflective of his work. Murray’s sculptures are non-representational, evolved from his early reductivist tendencies and are exacting of formal values. Masculine in nature, large and assertive, his monumental works are created from cut sheet metal that is gently bent, folded and curved, as seen in this sculpture. Elongated, voluptuous rolls in 'Hillary' create a floating, billowing effect defying the still, unyielding characteristics generally associated with sheets of aluminum or steel. Allowing you to enter the space of the sculpture, 'Hillary' exemplifies the quality of weightlessness, defiant of the pull of gravity. As in his color field canvases from Murray’s earlier years as a painter, each sculpture commands attention through its size and vibrant painted surface.