OSCAR MUÑOZ

"Trans figuraciones"



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trans figuraciones by OSCAR MUÑOZ
When: September 12 - October 19, 2002
Reception: THURSDAY, September 12 from 7 to 9 PM

ITURRALDE GALLERY
116 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-4267 phone; (323) 937-4269 fax
E-mail: itugal@veriomail.com
Web site: http://artscenecal.com/Iturralde.html
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10AM to 5PM, Saturdays 11AM to 5PM and by appointment

Los Angeles, CA., ITURRALDE GALLERY announces the exhibition Trans figuraciones by OSCAR MUÑOZ. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 from 7 to 9 PM. The show will run through October 19, 2002.

Oscar Muñoz was born in Popayán, Colombia in 1951. He has exhibited his work throughout the world and has participated in important exhibitions such as: "Amnesia: New Art from South America" which traveled throughout the US; "Re-aligning Vision. Alternative Currents in South America", Miami Art Museum; "America", the Bronx Museum; "Oxygen", White Box, NY; The Kwanju Biennial, Korea and the VI Havana Biennial among others.

In Trans figuraciones, Muñoz will present several works that continue with his theme of Narcissus. This time, there will be two videos, photographs and installations of the Narcissus in water cubes. One of the groups of photographs, is actually the registration or recording of a line drawing - a self-portrait - printed with carbon powder and floating on the surface of moving water, contained in a sink. These photographs depend on the speed of the camera to solidify the moments and suppress the deforming movement of the drawing in a small lapse before its immanent destruction by the drainage of water. In Narciso, a 2001 video, Muñoz registers the same self-portrait line drawing but from the beginning, when the powder touches the water and the image is created until its end, when it rushes destroyed by the drainage of the sink.

Muñoz's work speaks about how fragile and ephemeral life is. In the past, he has appropriated generic ID photos of the deceased found in Colombian newspapers. For the Narcisos series, he poses for all of the images in the same manner, resembling an Obituary photograph. His unusual technique reflects the transitory and vulnerable condition of life in a culture overwhelmed by death. Muñoz sifts charcoal powder through a photo-silkscreen and on to a tray of water. The image floats on the water's surface and as the days pass, the water evaporates and visitors interact with the works, causing "accidents" that modify the work.

For more information call (323) 937-4267



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