From September to December 2021, Oscar Murillo installed works from the series Ética y Estética at the church and convent of San Agustín Tekantó in Yucatán.
"Surge" is a series of paintings by Oscar Murillo, which feature layered, gestural strokes in oil paint, flowing horizontally across their surfaces. Dominated by tones of blue, often combined with hints of other palettes, the works have been described by Murillo as alluding to the ‘obliterating’ force of water.
Having exhibited the frst surge works in 2019, Murillo continued to develop the series, deepening his exploration of these themes during 2020 and the first half of 2021. Murillo spent this time in his hometown of La Paila, Colombia, prevented from traveling by the global pandemic, where he divided his time between the studio and working with his community to provide aid to those most in need, in the midst of a social collapse. Murillo refected on the works created during this time, and how the mark-making within the paintings refected some of the contradictions of this time: “It’s this idea of ofering a plane that is in confusion. The hues [...] give a kind of sadness in the context of a flooded plane. [...] It all unravels into a very explicit meaning of loss, sufering and despair. But at the same time, with distance, there is what I like to think is this beautiful shimmering plane that is very attractive. It is this perpetual reality that is not so much about the ‘now’, but something that has been going on for a while – but in the collapse of it all it becomes more explicit, and everyone is involved.”