Ruth Murray: The Blue Hour at Old Bank Residency

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The Blue Hour by Ruth Murray
Ruth Murray

The Blue Hour by Ruth Murray at Old Bank Residency, Manchester 20 September — 16 October 2019 Entrance is free — Visit now

The Blue Hour is Ruth Murray’s second show inspired by the work of Jean Rhys. This exhibition takes its name from Jean Rhys’s favourite perfume, L’Heure Bleue, a melancholic fragrance intended to evoke Paris at dusk. According to Lilian Pizzichini’s biography, while Jean Rhys saw herself as an underdog by day, the blue hour was when she became a wolf. Underneath the mannered surface lurks a predator, and wolves hunt best during twilight. She was always concerned with what lay beneath the top notes.

Ruth Murray’s paintings are about the experiences of women – most of her paintings are of women in a scene. Sometimes the viewer is confronted with enigmatic behaviours (there’s always something private and inaccessible about the subjects); and at other times rituals, symbols and tokens are used to disrupt the reading of the image. It’s not a radical effect: more a gentle skewing. Sometimes it’s the slightest gesture that feels most significant.

The Blue Hour by Ruth Murray at Old Bank Residency, Manchester 20 September — 16 October 2019 Entrance is free Visit now


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Session Features
20 September 2019
6:00pm — 9:00pm

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