A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
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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