Program Oscar Murillo Valentina’s Birthday

Oscar Murillo: Valentina’s Birthday
January 17, 2014, 6-9pm

In conjunction with Oscar Murillo’s first institutional exhibition in the United States, Distribution Center, the artist organized a situation-specific event to take place during the opening reception of his solo show at The Mistake Room.

Gallery attendees to the opening became spectators and participants in a gathering hosted on the occasion of the artist's daughter's birthday. The celebration was held in the space of the exhibition, amidst the installation of paintings, drawings and video works on view for Distribution Center that are informed by charged histories that trace the movement of bodies, capital and commodities across geographies. In the presence of the artist’s family, close relatives and broader public audience, the party in celebration of Valentina is a continuity of Murillo’s exploration into the fluidity of social spaces—in subverting the codes and expectations that govern the spheres of labor, leisure and aesthetics that anchor his practice.

Known to instigate exchanges between distinct social classes through the mobilization of leisurely events such as bingo games and birthday parties, Murillo has long gestured to the possibility of the space of rest as a site for social inversion; as a location wherein class and social status are interrogated and transformed, even if only temporarily.


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.


Special thanks to Jennifer Gross and Evolutionary Media Group.

Photo Credit: Michael Underwood. Copyright 2014. The Mistake Room Inc.