Oscar Murillo: Frequencies

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  • How do communities define themselves, and how can a single individual--an artist--help facilitate communication between them and the larger world?

    Frequencies is a long-term project conceived by Oscar Murillo (born 1986) in collaboration with writer Clara Dublanc that begins to offer answers to these questions through painting and drawing. In 2013 Murillo began sending squares of raw canvas to selected schools in over 20 countries around the world, with the sole requirement that they be affixed to desks and illustrated by students. The canvases would stay there for a period of time and then be re-collected by the artist. Within weeks of their arrival, children from places as disparate as China and Slovenia began to draw, paint, write and communicate, creating documents of their experiences. Frequencies catalogues the first year of Murillo's exploration, with photographs of the participants and the project's myriad stages.

    Binding Type: Leather
    Author: Oscar Murillo, Belisario Caicedo (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Clara Dublanc (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
    Published: 04/26/2016
    Publisher: David Zwirner Books
    ISBN: 9781941701225
    Pages: 608
    Weight: 3.50lbs
    Size: 9.70h x 6.70w x 2.30d

    About the Author
    Oscar Murillo's practice is closely connected to a notion of community stemming from his cross-cultural ties to diverse cities and places in which he travels and works, and Colombia, where he was born in 1986. He addresses the conditions of display in the contemporary art world by engaging with a series of opposites--including work and play, production and consumption, and originality and appropriation. Murillo is widely recognized for his large-scale paintings that imply action, performance, and chaos, but are in fact methodically composed of rough-hewn, stitched canvases, which often incorporate fragments of text as well as studio debris such as dirt and dust. His works and projects have been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide.

  • 9.7 in L x 6.7 in W x 2.3 in D
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