Get Your Dose of Bill Murray W/ This New Art Exhibit
Bill Murray is no stranger to the new and different (and at times downright odd). During his 42 year-long career he’s been a comedic force, a sadboi indie muse for Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson, and everyone’s favorite urban legend — in fact, there are actually a slew of websites dedicated to sharing stories about all the weird/amazing shit that Murray does, like crashing kickball games and birthday parties. Now Murray can add art show muse to his incredibly diverse repertoire.
While artwork based around the actor is definitely not something new (Googling ‘Bill Murray artwork’ renders results that are both creepy and impressive), Brian Griffiths’ new exhibition at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England takes it to a whole new level. The exhibit, titled BILL MURRAY: a story of distance, size and sincerity, might echo another Murray-centered exhibition in San Francisco last year, but Griffiths’ work trumps that exhibit both in length and size. The British artist presents nine models of different types of buildings, each including everyday objects, lights, and a façade of the iconic Murray’s face. Ever wondered what your L.A. beach house would look with a sprinkle of good ole’ Bill? Now you can know for sure.
So what is the exhibit exactly about? “I’m interested in his Murrayness,” Griffiths’ told the Guardian. “He is very good material…Bill the global superstar, the guy-next-door, the anti-brand brand, the irrepressible Lothario, the lovable gruff, the wisecracker, the emotionally brittle, the lost man, the free-wheeling guy, the uncle you-never-had, the dignified clown, the droll philosopher and the hopeful.” Sure, while watching Groundhog Day, old reruns of SNL, or Lost in Translation, we might all fantasize about Murray approaching us on the street, but does your love for Bill match Brian’s love for Bill? If that quote is anything to go by, probably not.
Either way, if you find yourself in Gateshead, England, some time between now and February 28th, you should visit the exhibit and soak in the Murrayness. Who knows, while you’re there you might run into the elusive Bill and end up doing tequila shots with him while he bartends at the nearest local pub.
Photos by John McKenzie and Colin Davison for BALTIC
‘BILL MURRAY: a story of distance, size and sincerity’ runs at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, from November 20, 2015 – February 28, 2016.