Murray Gaylard is a contemporary artist and performer from South Africa. Through his work, he questions our relationship with our social environment and the meaning of being someone who “matters” in our society. Even if he doesn’t limit himself to any themes or mediums, it is always the human condition and its definition which is at the heart of his creation. When dealing with subjects that are sometimes deep, often tragic, he chooses humor and irony to depict contemporary issues with a semblance of lightness. If his work can seem to refer to the useless or futile, it is always a reminder of our own complexity to be alone in the whole.
Born 1974 in South Africa, Murray Gaylard studied English literature and psychology at Rhodes University, South Africa; and social sciences, group psychology and sociology at the University of Cape Town before successfully graduating with honors his studies in Behavioral Psychology at the University of South Africa in 2000. In 2006, he moved to Frankfurt am Main to study art at the Städelschule. Murray Gaylard’s work has been presented at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. He currently lives and works in Berlin.
As one of the artists taking part in the Custom Paradise exhibition at SomoS, Gaylard presented the work Delayed Gratification, a puzzle placed in a sitting corner, to be slowly built up by visitors over the course of the exhibition. The finale image, taken from a gay porn movie, needs time to be revealed.
The ongoing game, a source of frustration by the patience and the time it takes, balances perfectly the facility and the rapidity of porn access today, and overall balance with our fantasies based on the infinite number of available images online. In Gaylard’s artwork, the process vs the result, the expectation vs the instant is the real issue.
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