Gerald Ferguson, <em>Untitled </em>(detail), 1969. Gift of the Artist, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004.

Artist Talk with Susanna Heller, Luke Murphy and David Diviney

Date Time: 
Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Talks & Tours

New York-based artists Susanna Heller and Luke Murphy will discuss their past and present work while touching upon the influence of Gerald Ferguson on their respective practices. These presentations will be followed by a moderated conversation with David Diviney, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.


$5 + Admission/Free for Gallery Members


Luke Murphy is an artist and technologist. He works predominantly with digital and electronic media employing code, found or generated imagery, drawing algorithms, information systems, paint, randomness and sometimes radiation. Murphy’s most recent work uses the ubiquitous LED matrix panel to form screen sculptures which he programs. Murphy’s motives are more concerned with finding an absurd entry into the Sublime or locating a capacity for pathos in the technology than celebrating or criticizing flashy accomplishments. He seeks out the humanity of screens, the way they confound and alienate us and simultaneously reveal our aspirations, failures, desires, anxieties, and even joy. His work has been shown in New York, Paris, Berlin, London, and Toronto and is represented by CANADA, NYC.

Susanna Heller was born in New York, NY in 1956. She is a landed immigrant who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Heller received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1978. She currently teaches at Purchase College in New York. The metropolis has long been the primary source of inspiration for Susanna, often navigating her surroundings from a variety of perspectives, drawing as she goes, resulting in birds-eye views that forefront the energy, complexity,absence, fragility, and overall chaos of the city. The physical material of oil paint has infinite flexibility and range, which works well to describe the energy and complexity of the city itself. Her work is represented in many public and private collections. She is currently represented by Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto.