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Michael Murphenko, Hilism

Ukrainian Institute of America
2 East 79th Street, 212-288-8660
Upper East Side
May 17 - June 10, 2007
Reception: Thursday, May 17, 6 - 8 PM
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Murphenko’s HILISM it’s not just the negation of nihilism. Derived from the Latin “little thing” or “trifle”, it stands for “something”. HILISM is the philosophy of the nucleus – no matter how small or difficult to see, it is the only thing that makes sense.

Michael Murphenko (Murphy) was born in Scotland, grew up in Australia, studied art in Belgium, fell in love in Germany. Fell in love with a Ukrainian girl, and later – with Ukraine. Fell in love so strongly, that he took the pseudonym Murphenko, opening his soul forever to the alive and generous metaphysics of the Ukrainian land. Combined with the European school of art, this added to Michael’s artistic style a unique intonation – at the same time intellectually convincing and sensual.

“The paintings of Murphenko are uncomfortable. As uncomfortable as when a once familiar acquaintance unexpectedly makes a gesture of sincerity. We feel lost and, deep in our soul, frightened by this gesture of openness to the world. We fear that, possibly, we too will have to take off the armor of coarseness.”

Lubko Deresh, writer, Lviv, Ukraine

“The originality of Michael’s art style is precisely the consequence of his openness. The sincerity in the paintings speaks and is felt without external manifestos. And the simplest of images – a woman with a child, lovers, flowers, – is always directed towards the internal experience of the event or the moment, rather than towards the symbol of visualization.”

Kostyantyn Doroshenko, art critic, curator, Kyiv, Ukraine

“With Goya’s expression, chimeras and philosophical depth: the artist puts forward questions, but leaves them without answers… and that is on purpose – he doesn’t want to be read like an open book.”

Leonid Homyakov, art critic, Kyiv, Ukraine
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