Opening Hours

The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

This week we hear from Gavin Murphy,whose work is currently on show in the Sisk Gallery
as part of Selective Memory: Artists in the archive.


Gavin Murphy: 13 March 2015

What are you reading?
Ruth Barton's biography of Anglo-Irish silent film director Rex Ingram (Rex Ingram – Visionary Director of the Silent Screen), and an unpublished play by Brian Friel from 1963, 'The Blind Mice'.

Favourite museum?
I'm conflicted when it comes to museums in that they should we accessible to all, and I want a lot of people to visit them, but I love them when they're empty: a contemplative space. If I can take an example from memory – the Tate before the Modern/Britain split – you could for moments at a time get an awesome minute on your own in the old Rothko room. I'd also like to propose The Hugh Lane, a good candidate for the oldest Modern Art Museum in the world.

Best performance?
Mikel Murfi in Enda Walsh's 'Ballyturk'; also: Dennis McNulty's PRECAST, a site-specific performance that took place in 2012 in East London.

What is your most treasured possession?
Hmm, I'm a complete hoarder of ephemera, records, videos, books, photographs, there's no one particular thing, but for the purposes of this I'll say a framed collage by UK artist Ruth Proctor which I'm really quite fond of…

What work(s) of art inspire you?
Historical paintings (1400–1980s) and the films of Yasujiro Ozu.

A lightbulb moment?
They tend to come when traveling alone – even a day away, or further afield. The idea to make 'Something New Under the Sun' came when I found myself in Sydney one sweltering evening in 2009, I was staying with a friend, the artist Kate Murphy (no relation) who was away for a night, and it came to me in a profound moment after enjoying some solitary pizza (at Doughboy's on Victoria Street, which I'd really recommend).

Guilty pleasure?
If I'm being brutally honest, listening to Genesis (alone at home or in the car), and not the more artistically acceptable Peter Gabriel stuff (which I also love), but their '80s stadium-rock period (which I know is kind of wrong).

What would you like to be doing right now?
If it was a bit later in the year I'd say floating/swimming in the Irish Sea, but it's pretty grim out so I'll say watching Ozu's 'Tokyo Story'.

Previous Little Interviews

Elly Collins, UCC student, 6 March 2015
Orla Murphy, Lecturer, UCC,
27 February 2015
Killian O'Dwyer, CCAD student,
20 February 2015
Stuart McLaughlin, Google,
13 February 2015
Ann Ramsden, artist,
6 February 2015
Aideen Quirke, UCC Student
, 23 January 2015
Alan Phelan, artist
16 January 2015