Mike Murphy’s Mind-Blowing Perceptual Art

Mike Murphy’s Mind-Blowing Perceptual Art consists of three dimensional installations that appear one way when viewed from a certain angle and then convey a different image or message when viewed from another.

Mike Murphy’s Perceptual Art Installations

What things are and as they appear are not always one and the same. This is evident in the unique art by New York-based Michael Murphy, whose pieces are a synthesis of many smaller pieces. From one angle they look very different from another, altering the viewer’s perception, hence the name Perceptual Art.

In addition to statement pieces as personal projects, he done several site-specific installations for clients such as Nike, Time, NBC and and also commissioned work for clients. Below are videos of several of his mind-blowing works.

Identity Crisis
Identity Crisis is about the United States rooting its image in violence and intimidation. By persistently sustaining the largest military in the world we have accepted violence as a our primary solution; being not only viewed as the strongest country but also occupying this role is fundamental to Americans’ national identity . In order for taxpayers to support funding the military, militarization must first be normalized in our homes, on our streets, and in our backyards. Once violence is normalized as a part of everyday life, it is a only short step to accepting violence as an inherent facet of human existence. Which in turn allows the excuse for our government’s continual murder of civilians at home and abroad.

Legacy – Portrait of the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump.
4’x8’x4′ foam, plastic, paint, and steel.

Make America Great

Come Together:


Gold Jumpman
Centerpiece chandelier created by artist Michael Murphy for Niketown Chicago. August 2014. 9′ X 9′ X 6′

Love You:

Damage (New):


Gun Country:
“Gun Country” may be his best-known piece. Composed of 130 toy guns, it was installed on the roof as an entry in Grand Rapids, MI ArtPrize 2014.

Perceptual Shift:
Sculpture consisting of 1,252 wood balls, paint, and braided fibers. 12′ X 8′ X 10′

In the following June 5, 2017 PBS video, the artist talks about his Perceptual art:

About the artist:

Michael Murphy is a sculptor living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA and sculpture training from Kent State University in Ohio. He then received his MFA from the Art and Technology Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago while focusing on sound, installation, and metal casting.

Murphy’s work ranges from intimate gallery pieces to large outdoor public installations. His works have been featured in TIME Magazine twice, New York Magazine, ARK Magazine, American Artist’s Drawing Magazine, Uptown Magazine, Washington Life, Art for Obama, and Designing Obama. To date he is the highest paid cover artist for Time Magazine. He has exhibited widely and created numerous site specific installations throughout the U.S. including Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago. He has four permanent public outdoor works in the city of Cleveland and other privately held collections in Munich, London, Zurich, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington DC, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Mexico.

For the past two years Murphy has been partnering with Michael Jordan and Nike creating centerpiece works of art for their retail environments incorporating Murphy’s stylistic approach into the Jordan Brand. One of the works is installed in the Trump Tower, while the other serves as a centerpiece in the store across from Madison Square Garden. Most recently, Murphy was commissioned to create a unique piece for this year’s annual TED Conference.

Mike Murphy’s Perceptual Art

For commission information contact Michael Murphy by e-mail.
For news about upcoming shows and events, visit his Facebook page.