• Darren Murray

    Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

    Need a vacation? Maybe Darren Murray can help you out. The titles of all but one of the six paintings in his exhibition “Constructed for Leisure” contain words or phrases like PEACEFUL, SERENE, and GET AWAY-FROM-IT-ALL: the rhetoric of travel brochures. The works offer glimpses of tranquil destinations presented in a highly conventionalized style that reminds us of the extent to which our concepts of peace, serenity, and escape, as well as the things we do in pursuit of them, are now defined by standardized representations and reliably homogeneous encounters.

    Murray’s uniform formats (medium-sized

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