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SELECTED WORKS BY Oscar Murillo

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Oscar Murillo
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2011

Canvas, paper, spray paint, aluminium, oil stick

190 x 176 cm
This is an art of mutation. Materials migrate from one medium to another: a collection of biro drawings gets pulped to become the flooring of a complex installation where disparate objects convene as in an alchemist’s laboratory.
Recycled materials and mediums are gestures of adjustment that Oscar Murillo seems to have acquired from his border experience: born in Colombia and emigrating to London as a child, he had to adopt language, customs and cultural codes, being inescapably transformed by the unending process of migration.
I'd take you there but it doesn't exist anymore
Oscar Murillo
I'd take you there but it doesn't exist anymore

2010-2011

Mixed media installation

approx. 4 x 5 m (dimensions variable)
If our mother tongue and the food that nourished us as children make us whom we are regardless of how far we travel, we can trace the reason behind the prevailing presence of foodstuffs – and written language – in Murillo’s oeuvre as a form of resilience. However, he does not treat the ornate coconut water packaging, the rice sacks and the snack wrappings as ready made in traditional conceptualist practice: he collages them up in an attempt to complicate art’s materiality and cultural coding. Furthermore, the packages are all written in Spanish, vestiges of the numerous imported goods that populate London’s South American markets.
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Oscar Murillo
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2011

Graphite, dirt on canvas, wood, steel

442 x 499 cm
They also seem to bastardise the Pop Art legacy in his work through material transgressions against the adequateness of the canvas support, which is in turn exposed to the dust and dirt collected from every day life in the studio.
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Oscar Murillo
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Oil, oil stick, graphite, dirt on canvas

210 x 170 cm
In a similar spirit, his private views become traditional Colombian food gatherings that do away with the sterility of white cube cocktail rituals.
Is this contemporary disregard for the hierarchies of materials and the class-ridden art world a 21st century Povera manifesto in the times of economic uncertainty? Mixing and breaking the hierarchies of race, class, North–South, high and low, oil paint and dirt, Oscar Murillo unwraps a consciously composed wildness based on the stuff that life and art are truly made of.

Text © Gabriela Salgado
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Oscar Murillo
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2011

Oil, oil stick, graphite, dirt on canvas

220 x 170 cm
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Oscar Murillo
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2011

Oil, oil stick, graphite, dirt on canvas

170 x 190 cm
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Oscar Murillo
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2012

Posters, steel, concrete casts, drawings, found footballs, brackets

250 x 300 x 200 cm
Dark Americano
Oscar Murillo
Dark Americano

2012

Oil and dirt on canvas

304.8 x 429.3 cm

Oscar Murillo's BIOGRAPHY

Oscar Murillo
Born in 1986, Colombia
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2014
Studio Museum Harlem, New York (forthcoming–May)
Distribution room, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles

2013
If I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator, South London Gallery, London Art Unlimited | Art Basel
Ramón how was trade today? Have a break… Sit! Enjoy the food, but you’re not welcomed at the table, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Dinner at the members club? Yes! I’ll have a black Americano first pls, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
Ossie’s bingo boutique, MAMA Showroom, Rotterdam

2012
Work, Rubell Family Collection/ Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami
The Cleaner’s Late Summer Party with Comme des Garçons, Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, London
breed like flies and die as fast, Serpentine Gallery Saturday Seminars with Carlos/Ishikawa, London

2011
animals die from eating too much – bingo!, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
animals die from eating too much – yoga, Hotel, London
Arepas y Tamales, Cole Contemporary, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London

2013
Folk Devil, David Zwirner, New York
GRUNDFRAGE (fundamental question), CRAC Alsace

2012
Alone Together, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (forthcoming)
Artes, Fundação Manuel Antonio da Mota, Porto
The Moon Via The Beach, LUMA Foundation, Arles, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Beatrix Ruf, Liam Gillick, Tom Eccles, Philippe Parreno
Movement in Three Parts, Nicole Klagsburn, New York
Into the surface, Brand New Gallery, Milan
Glaze, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris

2011
Jessica Dickinson, Oscar Murillo, Cammie Staros and Phil Wagner, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles
Insurgencies, Angus Hughes Gallery, London
Boomerang, Crisp Gallery, London
Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London
Responsive Eye, London Gallery West (University of Westminster), London

2010
Next/Episodes, Kingsgate Gallery, London
Ratios, Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London
Nothing gold can stay part II, Galerie Meinblau, Berlin
Nothing gold can stay, 3YE Project Space, London

2009
mono-ha, Jonathan Vyner/Fortescue Avenue, London
RAW, Soup Gallery, London

2008
A Gothic Story, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Zero de Conduit, Elevator Gallery, London