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La mirada del Cíclope. 2002-2009.
2’ 19’’ Single channel, HD
Presented by Bernal Espacio

La mirada del Cíclope (The Cyclops’ Gaze) is a work that imposes a perceptual game between opposites: positive/negative, full/empty, presence/absence, reality/illusion, etc. A game mediated by the sight of a single eye, the camera’s.

The work comprises a group of records of a negative of a plaster mask, i.e., hollow, directly copied from my face, as was the funeral custom of ancient Romans with their deceased relatives. These masks, called imagines, were made of wax, painted and kept in their homes as “the image” of the deceased loved one.

The imagines in ancient Rome are the exact equivalent of the social nature of some photographic portraits today; they play an important role in the tortuous work of grieving: accepting a reality “by getting used to the unreality of their images”.

This series is, metaphorically speaking, an equivalent to the grieving process, a strain of un/recognition; the hollow mask is presented to our eyes with volume, i.e., convex, and the illusion–or desire– is so strong that it remains intact, preventing us from seeing its concavity despite the manifest contradiction with the photographer’s hand holding it.

Oscar Muñoz was born in Popayán, Colombia and graduated in 1971 from the Escuela de Bellas Artes of Cali where he continues to live and work. For over twenty years, Muñoz has been producing work that investigates the nature of representation by means of unorthodox photographic and mechanical printing techniques, as well as through works that employ video. Often, these images are created using unusual and unstable materials such as human breath, water, light, wax, and dust as ways of calling attention to the precarious nature of human life, narcissism, and altruism.
Muñoz’s works are in important public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder; and the Tate Modern in London. In 2007, Muñoz was invited to participate in the 52nd International Venice Biennale curated by Robert Storr. In the past decade he has participated in group exhibitions and solo exhibitions at many international art institutions, including O.K. Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz Austria; Pori Art Museum, Pori Finland; The Korea Foundation, Seoul Korea; Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto Canada; Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA), London, U.K.; Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico DF, Philagrafika: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia U.S, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid Spain; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima Japan; Daros Exhibitions, Zurich Switzerland; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Japan; and the PICA Museum, Perth Australia.

Oscar Muñoz lives and works in Cali, Colombia.

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Bernal Espacio Gallery started its exhibition activities in September 2013 with a solo exhibition by Colombian draftsman José Antonio Suárez Londoño. In addition, last October we participated at the Odeon Fair in Colombia with a solo project by Marina Abramović.
During February-March this year, we held a group exhibition in Madrid with works by Tatiana Blass, Iñaki Bonillas, Sabine Hornig and José Antonio Suárez Londoño. Also last March, we participated at the Art Lima Fair in Peru with works by Marina Abramović and José Antonio Suárez Londoño.
At Loop 2014, we are showcasing Colombian artist Óscar Muñoz (recently awarded the Prince Claus prize). This June, Jeu de Paume in Paris has opened a retrospective of Óscar Muñoz’s work.
Earlier in his career, Efraín Bernal, director of Bernal Espacio Gallery, organised solo exhibitions in Spain by Marina Abramović, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Diane Arbus, Richard Billingham, Chen Chieh-jen, Gregory Credwson, Rineke Dijkstra, Paul Graham, Kimsooja, Annika Larsson, Antoni Muntadas, Óscar Muñoz, Shirin Neshat, Rosângela Rennó and Francesca Woodman.
Bernal Espacio Gallery is currently working in Spain and Latin America (both directly and in partnership with other galleries) with Marina Abramović, Tatiana Blass, Iñaki Bonillas, Sabine Hornig, Óscar Muñoz y José Antonio Suárez Londoño.