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for the souls of the rotten mighty 힘만 있는 자들의 영혼을 위하여
For APAP 5, Oscar Murillo weaves his canvases into the infrastructure of a belief system. Produced over the last few years in London, they have traveled to various cities, been stepped on, folded, covered in debris they have lived an experience. In July 2016, Murillo brought these canvases to Anyang, in collaboration with shaman Kim Ju Young, the artist exposed his canvases to the most physical performative aspects of faith. The paintings other new works served as both the subject object of a gut, Korean shamanistic ritual, receiving the blessing of Kim. The newly anointed canvases were then rolled uphoisted on the shoulders of the artist to accompany him on several pilgrimages into Samseong Mountain. Installed in a grove of pine trees amidst the incessant chatter of birdsprayer chants from nearby religious facilities, the dark canvases are both ominous meditative, playing off the charged energy of this sacred site. Murillo works will greet the public for a full cycle of the four seasons, during which time the lingering odor of paint will subsidethe canvases will accept fragments of the forest, transforming into ecosystems of lifedeath.
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