Untitled, unique facsimiles, printed double sided, each one in a folder, paper size 27.7 x 20.6 cm. /10.9 x 8.1 inches, folder size 32 x 26.5 x 3.3 cm. /12.6 x 10.4 x 1.3 inches, signed and numbered on label. Pieces allocated sequentially by order, 2016
Murillo has created unique double-sided facsimiles, combining found images with energetic mark-making. Reflecting a variety of key motifs in his work – from the game of bingo to international travel – Murillo also utilizes, in this series, photographs from Them, a unique 2015 artist book, which documented, via photographs from the 1970s to the present, the lives of the artists’ family and friends in Columbia and the UK. As art is rarely bound to any single material object in Murillo’s practice, so too does Them have an expanded life beyond its initial presentation. The artist takes editions of the publication on his travels, intervening with new marks on its printed pages, rendering the publication part historical document, part travel journal, and part practical illustration of layering techniques and the centrality of mark-making within his work. It is this same approach that can be seen in this edition: source material combined with an index of the artist’s own hand, eloquently communicating the experience of living within the contemporary, globalized world.