The Department of Art Public Talks Programme Spring 2018 welcomes Colombian artist Oscar Murillo.
Oscar Murillo has created a visual language encompassing recurring elements and motifs; draped black canvases; metallic structures evoking autopsy tables; large-scale paintings composed of roughly sewn together fragments; studio dirt, dust and debris. These and other components play out across a wide range of media, including painting, video work, room-sized installations and actions.
All of the artist’s diverse works can be seen to constitute a sustained and evolving investigation of notions of community, informed by cross-cultural personal ties, as well as the constant transnational movement that has become integral to Murillo’s practice.
In 2017 Murillo began The Institute of Reconciliation, an ongoing work wherein collaborators paint canvas with black oil paint. These canvases are incorporated in space-activating installations. The work has taken place across locations including East Jerusalem, London, Munich and Cleveland, Ohio. Murillo describes the work as “paying tribute to grief and mourning, but not to something specific” and as “a manifestation of an attitude, which is larger than one’s own self”.
Oscar Murillo was born in 1986 in La Paila, Colombia, and lives and works in various locations. Murillo earned a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts at the University of Westminster in 2007 and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include Haus der Kunst, Munich (2017-18); CAPC Bordeaux; Jeu de Paum, Paris (both 2017); Yarat Contemporary Art Centre, Baku (2016-17); Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá; Centro Cultural Daoíz y Velarde, Madrid; Performa 2015, New York and Artpace San Antonio (all 2015); The Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2014) and South London Gallery (2013). The artist has also participated in numerous international group exhibitions and biennials, including the Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017) and the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Murillo is represented by Carlos/Ishikawa (London), Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie (Berlin) and David Zwirner (London, New York, Hong Kong).
Image: Oscar Murillo: for the souls of the rotten mighty, site-specific installation, mixed media (detail), 5th Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang, South Korea, 2016. Photo by Jungwon Kim. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London
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|21 Feb 2018||5:30pm - 7:00pm|
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