A display of authentic, rich chocolate goods is catching the attention of many New Yorkers at a Chelsea gallery show. Artist Oscar Murillo’s exhibit A Mercantile Novel, offers a history of the candy-making company Colombina, based in Murillo’s hometown of La Paila, Colombia. Murillo has strong ties to Colombina as several generations of his family, including his parents have worked there.
Murillo often integrates his cultural heritage and issues revolving around the theme of migration into his work. With this show, he explores the relationships between trade and globalization, individual relationships and communities, and roots and immigration. This show offers tens of thousands of free packages of Chocmelos, one of Colombina’s most famous chocolate candies with a creamy, marshmallow filling.
Murillo has even set up a special webpage for this exhibition to track the project while building new communities. Murillo’s work has been featured at many solo and group exhibitions across the country and around the world, including one earlier this year at The Mistake Room in Los Angeles, and his first solo show at the South London Gallery last year. Additionally, Murillo is taking on a long-term project called Frequencies, put together by him and his family, where he will visit schools around the world to help expand students’ creative thought processes.
Opening night video by Vincent Zambrano
Oscar Murillo: A Mercantile Novel
April 24 – June 14, 2014
519 W. 19th St., through Jun.14.
The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 10 a.m.—6 p.m.
Article by: Alison Martin
Photography and Video by: Max Noy Photo