An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...
Moving across installation, painting, drawing, and writing, Malaysia-born and London-based artist Mandy El-Sayegh explores the political, social, and economic complexities of humanity, using a mosaic of information—from advertising slogans and pornographic imagery to newspaper articles—that she subjects to processes of layering,...
Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...
Concurrent with Manifestation, the artist's solo exhibition on view now at the gallery in London, David Zwirner is pleased to present recent works on paper by Oscar Murillo in an Online Viewing Room titled Poetics of Flight.
Murillo's recent work makes pointed reference to air travel, with airplanes having become an important site of production for the artist. In his own words, flight is 'not just a means of travel but a sacred 'other' space, the aeroplane seat itself becoming a unique 'studio' at a remove, a non-place which is both physically confined and freed from being in any real geographical location.'
The drawings presented here bring together elements of Murillo's expansive studio practice and peripatetic approach to art making. As in his large-scale canvases, through an associative working method, Murillo builds layers of imagery and phrases as well as gestural markings in intuitively placed planes, resulting in dense, visually layered surfaces.
The artist begins by rapidly drawing the image directly onto a copper plate, using sharp tools to spontaneously achieve a singular motif or image. The image is then printed onto paper, and at times, modified during the transfer process. He continues to build upon these compositions over the course of his extensive travels using ink, graphite, or crayon. The drawings ultimately surface a sense of movement, transmission, and verticality-implicitly recalling how information makes an impression.
Murillo's work is also on view in a solo presentation at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, in England (through June 23, 2019), and in a two-person exhibition with Tony Cokes at The Shed, New York (June 19 through August 25, 2019).
On the occasion of the artist's solo exhibition in London, Murillo will be in conversation with John Slyce, his former teacher at London's Royal College of Art, on Tuesday, July 9.
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