Las Vegas, 2013, digital print on Kodak paper, 60 x 40 inches
Vancouver-based artist Brad McMurray has produced large-scale photographs for the exhibition titled Urbicus Topia. Despite the exhibition title which might suggest utopian urban settings, McMurray’s images reveal the dystopian quality of his urban subjects. His sensibility is focused on urban environments that no longer function as their original intended purpose and his images often conjure up the narratives of neglect, decay, and abandonment sometimes juxtaposed with new urban development. McMurray’s images are carefully composed in-situ and printed uncropped with a minimal digital manipulation.