Thursday, August 10
Entwined is an extension of Lauri Lynnxe Murphy’s ongoing investigation into the behavior and environment of bindweed, known in Latin as convolvulvus arvensis. Convolvere translates as “to roll together” or “to entwine.” Murphy’s installation examines the ways in which bindweed intertwines capitalism, colonization, monoculture, and human health.
In Murphy’s installation, the hanging composition of sculptural orbs and their shadows serve as visual commentary on the human compulsion to control nature, as seen through ongoing work to eliminate bindweed in order to preserve meticulous lawns and landscaping.
Murphy signifies bindweed’s perseverance and subsequent pervasiveness, despite human domination, by draping braided vines across the gallery windows. Throughout the three-week exhibition, her “bindweed calendar” will conceptually measure time through the cycle of death and regrowth, which she will simulate by consecutively adding new vines each week.
About the artist
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and writer based in Denver, Colorado. Her research-driven practice utilizes grown and/or foraged organic material, and is focused largely on climate change, extinction, and invasive species. She developed a strong relationship with nature and foraging from an early age during summers spent on a horse ranch in Wyoming. Self-identified as a neurodivergent polymath, her inquiries have also led her to operate within urban underground scenes in multiple collectives, where she has participated in punk bands, experimental theater, and DIY zines.
Murphy received her MFA from Ohio State University in 2012. Her work has been shown nationally and locally at MCA Denver, Denver Art Museum, Arvada Center, and Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. She has written for a variety of publications including Birdy, Westword, The Stranger, and Andrei Codrescu’s Exquisite Corpse.
About Present Box
Present Box is a series of temporary exhibitions that invite artists to transform BMoCA’s lobby and front entrance into innovative installations, performances, and events. The site-specific projects are intended to encourage artists to create work outside their comfort zones and to foster interactive participation. Artists are also urged to explore themes that are relevant for our present time.