catalyst #13

2016
Murillo, Oscar
To make his large-scale unstretched canvasses, Oscar Murillo often works on the floor of his studio, where ‘dust and dirt’ become part of his arsenal of mark-making materials, alongside oil paint, graphite and pastel sticks. ‘I like to cut up the canvas in different sections, work on them individually, fold them and … leave them around for months’, he explains, during which time they accrue the residue of different projects. He sees the production of his artworks as ‘a continuous process’, of which he is ‘the catalyst.’ Other types of production, labour and social activity form a large part of his practice. Since 2010, the artist – who moved to London from Colombia as a child – has been organising social events involving his extended family as part of his exhibitions. ‘I’m trying to obliterate hierarchies’, he explains. ‘What’s interesting to me is how cultures collide.’
  • Artwork Details: 255 x 215cm
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  • Material description: Oil, oil stick and dirt on canvas
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  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC30/2016

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