Oscar Murillo’s Disrupted Frequencies is a recent body of works, which builds upon Frequencies, his long-term collaborative project with school students across the globe. The work involves visiting schools to install pieces of raw canvas on classroom desks and inviting students to freely draw, write on and mark their surfaces. The canvases, with their intentional and non-intentional marks, are collected after approximately six months of ‘sedimentation’.
These new works are an intentional disruption of the intellectual project of an archive, pulling canvases from different regions together. Each painting’s title contains the names of the countries its component canvases came from, deliberately creating tension through the splicing together of objects from different geographical, social and cultural contexts.
Oscar Murillo’s work at Eusebius consists of monumental windows, a video work, and rock-like corn and clay sculptures that frequently appear in his installations. The windows are Shabaka windows made by Azerbaijani artisans following traditional methods. In 2015, Murillo witnessed the Shabaka practice and dilapidation of formerly thriving industrial areas. This set of windows he commissioned incorporate discarded rusted metal in place of decorative glass, intertwining histories of labour in windows that are beautiful, yet opaque. The pile of corn and clay sculptures also connect to notions of labour, and nourishment, corn being a staple cultivated across many regions. The video locates us within the La Paila, Murillo’s hometown. Neighbours and musicians gather to play music and share food.