Distribution Center is The Mistake Room’s inaugural exhibition and Oscar Murillo’s first institutional solo exhibition in the United States. Produced across three continents and presented in The Mistake Room’s 4,500 square foot warehouse space, prior to its formal renovation, Murillo’s project approached the site of its presentation as a physical and conceptual structure through which making can be explored—as a form of work; as a process, within and beyond aesthetics; and as a means of living. Using the space as a work site over a series of residency periods in LA, Murillo processed large quantities of various materials that have come to anchor the visual language of his practice—paper, canvas, wood, concrete, metal—giving way to objects, both finished and unfinished, that in the context of the installation aim to interrogate the boundaries between artworks and commodities as they subtly unveil poignant relationships between art-making and economies sustained by manual labor, manufacturing, and mass distribution. The results of Murillo’s multiple work processes, aided at times by local day laborers and collaborating carpenters and construction workers in Tijuana, Mexico, are presented alongside a selection of videos that situate labor as visual imagery and as a set of embodied social and cultural interactions—drawing our attention to seemingly disparate systems of production that in reality are intricately related through the shared histories, cultural customs and ways of living that they help concretize across geographies.
Oscar Murillo: Distribution Center is organized by The Mistake Room and curated by Cesar Garcia, TMR Founding Director and Chief Curator.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Oscar Murillo (b. 1986, Colombia) lives and works in London. He received a BA in Fine Art at the University of Westminster in 2007 and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include if I was to draw a line, this journey started approximately 400km north of the equator, South London Gallery, London (2013); Dinner at the members club? Yes! I’ll have a black Americano first pls, Carlos/Ishikawa, London (2013); Ossie’s Bingo Boutique, MAMA Showroom, Rotterdam (2013); work, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2012); and The Cleaner’s Late Summer Party with Comme des Garçons, Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, London (2012) amongst others
TMR's programs are made possible with the support of its Board of Directors and Big Mistake Patron Group.
Photo Credit: Josh White/JW Pictures. Copyright 2014. The Mistake Room Inc.