Although beautiful, skillfully composed, and aesthetically satisfying, the exhibition goes beyond the shallowness of profane ‘art object’ designed for collecting. “Indian Time” resonants a sacrosanct tonality.
Murff himself, as a political photographer, has waded into the world of the fine art look. In his most notable series of photographs thus far, Corrections, he depicted not only the relics of daily life of youth let out of jail or prison but youths who, still in the juvenile justice system, have to wear anklets tracking them. At first the beautiful surface and the serious demeanor made me wonder, more propaganda?
For the past few seasons, artists, aware that parlor game intellectualism of contemporary art is not working anymore, have increasingly enlisted animals to help them communicate in a more instinctual way. Charley Friedman’s squirrel project is one of the most engaging, ongoing examples of this genre.