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Oscar Murillo

untitled (2016)

Oscar Murillo’s multi-faceted practice includes elements of painting, sculpture, installation, video and performance. Travel, migration, labor, and trade figure as central notions, which the artist explores in depth, thinking through the specific historical and geographical contexts of these conditions; his own cross-cultural ties to London, where he currently lives and works, and Colombia, where he was born (1986), factoring in. For his edition for TZK, Murillo has created unique double-sided facsimiles, combining found images with energetic mark-making. Reflecting a variety of key motifs in his work – from the game of bingo to international travel – Murillo also utilizes, in this series, photographs from “Them,” a unique 2015 artist book, which documented, via photographs from the 1970s to the present, the lives of the artists’ family and friends in Columbia and the UK. As art is rarely bound to any single material object in Murillo’s practice, so too does “Them” have an expanded life beyond its initial presentation. The artist takes editions of the publication on his travels, intervening with new marks on its printed pages, rendering the publication part historical document, part travel journal, and part practical illustration of layering techniques and the centrality of mark-making within his work. It is this same approach that can be seen in this edition for TZK: source material combined with an index of the artist’s own hand, eloquently communicating the experience of living within the contemporary, globalized world.

Unique facsimiles, printed double sided, each one in a folder, paper size: 27.7×20.6 cm, folder size: 26.5 × 32 × 3.3 cm, edition: 24 + 2 A.P., signed on label, € 1900.– plus shipping. Pieces allocated sequentially by order.