The show consists of a selection of his most representative works from 1985 to 2014. In them, the artist clearly establishes his interest in the processes needed so that an image may or may not strengthen itself in the memory, and invites the spectator to rethink this concept. Behind his works, what also arises, are themes of identity and oblivion as well as the city of Cali in Colombia.

The curator Gonzalo Ortega explains that the political sense—if there is one—of Oscar Muñoz’s is to go beyond what the image shows in the first instance; he is referring to their temporal and material specifics to dismember them—through an installation, setting or lighting—and to reconstruct them in a new light, within a new configuration.

Through the twenty-nine works that are included in the exhibition, it is possible to appreciate the variety of materials and media that the Colombian uses. He commonly works with water and powdered elements such as coal, sugar and sand to draw, or rather blur, the perception that society has of reality.

Examples of these are the pieces Narcisos (Narcissuses), 1995-2011, serigraphs made with coal dust on water; Pixeles (Pixels), 1999-2000, drawings produced by means of a coffee tincture on sugar cubes that makes reference to photography; a series Cortinas de baño (Shower curtain), 1985-1986, acrylic drawings on plastic that form blurry figures in the shower, and lastly, Línea del destino (Line of destiny), 2006, a silent video that shows the reflection of the artist’s face on water contained in a hand.

Born in Popayán, Colombia, Muñoz completed his studies in 1971 at the Escuelas de Bellas Artes de Cali. Cali is a city whose cultural and social effervescence at that time significantly influenced his works and lead to his encounter with emerging and united artists such as Edgar Negret, Pedro Alcántara, Fernell Franco, Luis Ospina, Andrés Caicedo and Carlos Mayolo. His work may be found in important public and private collections like the Tate Modern in London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland.

The exhibition Oscar Muñoz will remain on view to the public from Friday, 28 February to Sunday, 22 June, 2014.

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