Ethan Murrow

b. 1975 in Greenfield, Massachusetts; lives in New York, New York

For three years I have thought about failure. It seems to me that there is a fragile line between reckless obsession and brilliant success. My work resides in this area, applauding ridiculous pursuits and cringing at doomed experimentation. To examine these issues I create fictional narratives rooted in the historical fact that humans will attempt anything.

I frequently play the central figure in the performances, which form the backbone of the drawings. As a result, I consciously embroil myself in a history of aspiration filled with brilliant new finds and ignorant mistakes.

Many components of this project are collaborative in nature. Vita Weinstein Murrow works closely with me, scouting sites, directing performances and then shooting still and moving images. Many others have generously lent their hand as performers and assistants.

–Ethan Murrow