Sicardi Gallery presents Oscar Muñoz: El Coleccionista opening reception
Sicardi Gallery will present the opening of El coleccionista (The collector), the first U.S. presentation of Oscar Muñoz's 2016 video installation of the same title. This is Sicardi Gallery's fourth solo exhibition of work by Oscar Muñoz. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay by Gina McDaniel Tarver.
Since the 1970s, Muñoz has been working with the philosophical and political implications of materially-rich images. Taking photography as his base structure, he has mined the medium's many implications for memory, history, subjectivity, and knowledge. Simultaneously, Muñoz has brought photographic practices in conversation with ephemeral materials, bridging installation, film, video, and drawing.
The richness of Muñoz's mix of material and conceptual interests is based in an extended study of philosophy. For El coleccionista, Muñoz illustrates a character who appears to be an editor, curator, and preparator of images. A ghostly figure, the collector selects and arranges an apparently unending archive of photographs. These range from portraits of individuals from his personal life to historical figures, local characters, and images from mythology and art history. The creation of a mnemonic--a memory device--reflects the unique ways in which we develop our own subjectivities, through the collecting and arrangement of stories, images, memories, individuals, texts, and images.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through July 9.