Automentum: Drawings by Eric Murphy

On view in the Museum Shop Exhibition space of the Islip Art Museum is a selection of drawings by Eric Murphy. The exhibition, Automentum, consist of eight abstract drawings that features two complimentary, intertwining colors. The drawings are based on the artist’s travels, created during the artist’s road trips or drives throughout Long Island.

Eric Murphy, Car Momentum Drawing: Riverhead, 2015

Eric Murphy, Car Momentum Drawing: Riverhead, 2015

A car momentum drawing’s composition is dictated by the routes and road conditions taken by the artist. A more direct route will produce a more minimal work, while a more scenic road filled with potholes and speed bumps will produce a more complex image. One such drawing, Car Momentum Drawing: Riverhead, appears to be taken from the latter category. Situated in central Long Island, the artist’s journey to the East End appears to be filled with many twists and turns, along with a plethora of stoplights, that is indicated by the many purple and green pools of dry marker. A more direct route taken by the artist appears mapped out in Car Momentum Drawing: Coram. Done in orange-red and blue-green, the drawing features many straight, long lines, which indicates few roads taken over a longer period of time.

Eric Murphy, Car Momentum Drawing: Coram, 2015

Eric Murphy, Car Momentum Drawing: Coram, 2015

Two of the drawings included in the exhibition feature trips to and from the Islip Art Museum done in stunning neon colors. Car Momentum Drawing: Islip I features vibrant yellow and royal purple, while Car Momentum Drawing: Islip II is done in neon blue and pink. Despite the destination being the same, the two drawings are, compositionally, very different. This either indicates that the artist’s starting location differed between the two drawings or that he took different routes to reach his final destination. Other towns that serve as subjects in Murphy’s drawings include Shirley, Bellport, Setauket, and Selden.

Eric Murphy, Car Momentum Drawing: Islip I, 2015

Eric Murphy, Car Momentum Drawing: Islip I, 2015

The car momentum drawings are not done by hand, but are rather created by a handmade pendulum, holding a marker, that pivots across the paper. The apparatus is then placed in the artist’s car in the foot well of the passenger’s side seat. The lines and ink blots that are the final result of each work is thus created from the various twist, turns, and stationary moments the artist takes on his travel routes. Murphy uses two colors in each work. One color documents the artist’s route to a location, while the second color indicates the artist’s returning route from the designated location.

Eric Murphy, Car Momentum Drawing: Islip II, 2015

Eric Murphy, Car Momentum Drawing: Islip II, 2015

Eric Murphy is a fine artist from Long Island, NY. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History & Criticism from Stony Brook University. His artwork has been exhibited throughout Long Island with select locations including the South Bay Art Association in Bellport, NY, the Patchogue Arts Gallery in Patchogue, NY, and the Sunwood Estate Mansion in Stony Brook, NY.

Automentum is currently on view in the Museum Shop Exhibition space of the Islip Art Museum. The exhibition runs in conjunction with the museum’s main exhibition, Compendium, which was co-curated by Lorrie Fredette and Beth Giacummo, is on view from October 4 to December 27, 2015. Automentum is on view at the Islip Art Museum from October 11 – 25, 2015.

Jay Schuck, Museum Curatorial & Exhibitions Assistant/Jr. Curator

Memoria: Works by Lisa Petker-Mintz

On view in the Art in the Airport Atrium of Long Island MacArthur Airport is a selection of artwork by Lisa Petker-Mintz. Petker-Mintz’s artwork is autobiographical and focuses on the different places, people, and experiences of her life. The themes of her work are universal but have an intimate role in the artist’s personal life. The exhibition features a variety of pieces from the artist’s Patterns, Chandelier, Playground, and Chair Series, serving as accurate representation of the artist’s oeuvre. The exhibition is part of the Islip Arts Council’s Art in the Airport juried art exhibition program, which features 12 exhibitions in the space per year.

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Pink and Red Wreath, 2015

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Pink and Red Wreath, 2015

Several works on display, such as Pink and Red Wreath, are taken from the artist’s Patterns Series, which are inspired by patterned wallpaper that adorned her childhood home. In the work, Petker-Mintz uses decorative patterns that are strategically placed throughout the overall symmetrical composition. Fusing mixed media elements with stencilesque painting, the multilayered work draws the viewer in as his or her eye follows the eloquent curves and flutters of the floral patterns.

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Rites of Spring, 2015

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Rites of Spring, 2015

Another work taken from the series, Rites of Spring, seems to be inspired by floral patterned wallpaper. Unlike Pink and Red Wreath, the work does not have a decorative pattern along the border, allowing the red and blue floral patterns to take on a life of its own as these colors emerge from the bright pastel background.

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Large Blue and Green Chandelier, 2014

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Large Blue and Green Chandelier, 2014

Like the patterned works, Large Blue and Green Chandelier, taken from the artist’s Chandelier Series, is inspired by her childhood, coming from her mother’s uncle. The subject is broken down to its basic geometric components. The blue and yellow paint overlay one another adding in shades of green into the composition, which replaces the fine crystal glass found in its real world counterpart. The echoing patterns of the vertical rectangles and circular curves abstract the object with its form only being recognized after careful observation.

Lisa Petker-Mintz, At the Playground #4, 2015

Lisa Petker-Mintz, At the Playground #4, 2015

One work taken from the artist’s Playground Series, entitled At the Playground 4, features red and pink silhouettes of children placed up against an abstracted blue and yellow structure in the background. The artist arranges her composition similar to the other works on exhibit. The setting is abstracted with silhouetted shapes carefully arranged throughout the surface of the work. Some figures are cut-out images while others are painted by hand and bleed into the abstracted shapes that is represented of the playground. Another work taken from the playground series, Borella Farms, At the Playground 2 pays tribute to the beautiful Borella Farms of Plainview, NY where her children grew up playing. The work features pastel shapes and designs that represent ladders, slides, trees, and children playing in the park.

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Borella Farms, At the Playground #2, 2012

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Borella Farms, At the Playground #2, 2012

Among the colorful compositions that adorn the airport gallery are two large black and white paintings entitled Large Chair I & II that are taken from the artist’s Chair Series. These abstract paintings are inspired by the shadows and shapes casted by backyard lounge chairs similar to the lawn chair’s shadows that are cast upon cement patios. Petker-Mintz paints by hand a series of curved black horizontal bars that abstracts the subject of her paintings.

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Large Chair #1, 2015

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Large Chair #1, 2015

Lisa Petker-Mintz is a fine artist from Old Bethpage, NY. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design. Her artwork has been on exhibit at the Islip Art Museum, Studio 5404, Guild Hall, Mill Pond House Gallery, Smithtown Arts Council, and East Ends Arts Council.

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Large Chair #2, 2015

Lisa Petker-Mintz, Large Chair #2, 2015

Art in the Airport is a visual arts exhibition program organized by the Islip Arts Council. A 501(c)3 dedicated to leadership, advocacy and excellence in the arts, the nonprofit organization presents, produces, and promotes culturally responsive, high quality programs for a diverse population in a variety of artistic disciplines and presents 12 visual art exhibitions in the Art in the Airport Atrium of the Long Island MacArthur Airport per year. Memoria: Works by Lisa Petker-Mintz is on display at the Long Island MacArthur Airport from October 1 – November 11, 2015.

Jay Schuck
Museum Curatorial & Exhibitions Assistant/Jr. Curator