Oscar Muñoz, El Coleccionista, 2014-2015. 5HD synchronized video projections with sound, 52 minutes [detail].
Oscar Muñoz, El Coleccionista. [Ed. of 5 + 2 AP], 2014-16. HD synchronized video projections, sound, Video: 52 min. Solo Exhibition El Coleccionista, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, 2016.
Oscar Muñoz, Re/trato, Exhibition at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, 2002.
Oscar Muñoz, Distopía (Edition of 5+2 AP), 2014. Video: FHD single channel / no sound, 15 minutes
Oscar Muñoz, Proyecto para un memorial [Ed. of 5 + 2 AP], 2004-2005. 5 videos, no sound, 7:30 min. 52nd International Venice Biennale, 2007.
Exhibition Oscar Muñoz: Documentos de la Amensia, Museo Extremeno e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo [MEIAC], Spain, 2008.
Oscar Muñoz, Proyecto para un memorial [Ed. of 5 + 2 AP], 2004-2005. 5 videos, no sound, 7:30 min. Exhibition Silent, Hiroshima City Culture Foundation, Hiroshima, Japan, 2009.
Solo exhibition Imprints for a Fleeting Memorial for Oscar Muñoz, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada, 2008.
Oscar Muñoz, La Mirada del Cíclope #3 (Ed. 3+2 A/P), 2005. Digital color photograph, 19.7 x 19.7 in. each
Oscar Muñoz, Narcisos en proceso, 2007/2012. Coal dust over paper and Plexiglas - 9 pieces, 20 x 20 in. each. Solo exhibition Crónicas de la ausencia, Museo Tamayo, 2009.
Oscar Muñoz, Narciso 6 of 6, 1999. Coal dust over paper, Plexiglas - 1 piece, 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.
Installation of Oscar Muñoz's Narcisos en proceso in LIFT: Contemporary Printmaking in the Third Dimension, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2015.
Oscar Muñoz, Exhibition at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, 2002.
Oscar Muñoz, Serie Pixeles, set of 9 unique pieces (#1), 1999-2000. Sugar cubes, coffee, Plexiglass, 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. Indelible Images exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2006.
Oscar Muñoz, Solo exhibition at Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, 2012.
Oscar Muñoz solo exhibition The Disappeared/Los Desaparecidos at SITE Sante Fe, 2007-2008.
Oscar Muñoz, Aliento [12 discs], Ed of 3 + 2AP, 1995. Photo-serigraph impression with grease on 12 steel disks. Solo exhibition Oscar Muñoz: Mirror Image, Iniva London, 2008. Photo courtesy Thierry Bal.
Oscar Muñoz, Eclipse [Ed. of 3 + 2AP], 2000-2002. Concave mirrors. Solo exhibition Oscar Muñoz: Mirror Image at Iniva, London, 2008. Photo courtesy Thierry Bal.
Oscar Muñoz, Eclipse [Ed. of 3 + 2AP], 2000-2002. Concave mirrors [detail]. Solo exhibition Oscar Muñoz: Mirror Image at Iniva, London, 2008. Photo courtesy Thierry Bal.
Oscar Muñoz, Horizonte, 2011. Impression with coal dust on methacrylate, 33.5 in. x 28.9 in.
Oscar Muñoz, Libro abierto (con manos) (1 piece) Ed. 1/3 (Ed. of 3+2 AP), 2011. Impression with coal dust on methacrylate, 19 x 16 in.
OSCAR MUÑOZ (b. 1951, Colombia/Lives in Colombia)
“How can one construe a notion of time in this immemorial setting? How can one assimilate and articulate in one’s memory all these events that have been happening for so many years now?”
Born in Popayán, Colombia, Oscar Muñoz studied art at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Cali in the 1970s. As an art student, he began making drawings based on photographic images, and although his studies did not specifically include photography or audiovisual media, these media and their relationships to reality and meaning-making have subsequently become central to his artistic practice.
Muñoz is also known for his use of ephemeral materials in poetic reflections upon memory and mortality. For example, Aliento (1995-2002) consists of a series of seemingly blank mirrors. However, when the viewer comes close to them and breathes on them, subtle obituary portraits emerge momentarily on the surface. Muñoz’s video Re/trato (2004) shows the artist painting a self-portrait with water. As the water makes contact with the hot pavement Muñoz is painting on, the portrait vanishes. Muñoz often bridges the media of film, video, photography, installation, and sculpture
In the 1980s and 1990s, Colombia was wracked with a war between feuding drug cartels and the Colombian government. Muñoz’s installation, Ambulatorio consists of a large aerial photograph of that city printed on a sheet of shattered security glass. Viewers walk on top of the glass floor, looking down upon the city. The work was inspired by a bombing; walking through Cali after the bomb exploded, Muñoz was fascinated by the prevalence of fragments of glass encrusted into the pavement. The work has subsequently been re-made in Belfast and in Monterrey. “My work today,” Muñoz writes, “is based on my endeavor to understand the mechanism developed by a society which has ultimately suffered the routinization of war… A past, a present and in all likelihood a future full of violent events on a daily basis, which are stubbornly repeated, in a practically identical fashion.”
In 2006, Muñoz founded lugar a dudas, a cultural center and residency program for artists. Located in Cali, lugar a dudas (space for doubts) has become a center for young artists to work through ideas and participate in a dialogue and public debate about art and politics.
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, USA
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, USA
Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA
Centro Cultural Cajastur, Caja de Asturias Gijón, Spain
Colección Arco, Madrid, Spain
Colección Cisneros, Caracas, Venezuela
Colección Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela
Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain du Centre, Amiens, France
Fundación “la Caixa,” Barcelona, Spain
Fundación El Monte, Caja de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA
Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, USA
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno de Pereira, Pereira, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia
Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA
Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Extremadura, Spain
Museo Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, CA, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA
Orange County Museum, Orange County, CA, USA
Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco, CA, USA
Tate Modern, London, UK
Teor/etica, San José, Costa Rica
The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation
The University of Colorado Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA