A dual exhibition by Ruth Ewan and Oscar Murillo at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the UK features Murillo’s ongoing Frequencies project. Initiated in 2013, Frequencies was originally conceived in collaboration with members of the artist’s family and political scientist Clara Dublanc. Murillo sends pieces of raw canvas to schools around the globe with the sole requirement that they be affixed to desks for a year and illustrated by students; after that year, Murillo collects the canvases. To date, hundreds of students in schools on five continents have participated.
"The results vary dramatically," Lucas Zwirner tells Cultured magazine; "love notes next to abstract images, pop references next to palimpsests so dense they can hardly be read. At times, the canvases look subtle and sophisticated, at others simple and innocent. Together, they present us with a vivid and mysterious visual map of student experiences around the world."
Published by David Zwirner Books in 2015, Frequencies catalogues the first year of murillo's exploration, with intimate photographs of the participants and the project's myriad steps—the arrival of canvases to different schools, the process of wrapping desks, the students at work, and the final products.
Image: Installation view, Oscar Murillo: Frequencies, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2019.