Untitled (Tiles) from the Narcissus series, 1996-1998, plexi tray with charcoal powder and images of maps

Untitled (Tiles) from the Narcissus series, 1996-1998, plexi tray with charcoal powder and images of maps

Oscar Muñoz (Colombia)

OSCAR MUÑOZ is quite often described by other curators, art historians, and critics as a creator of effective and poetic liquid images. His self-portraits from the series Narcissi can positively be ascribed to the aforementioned remarks. They play with issues related to reality, representation and illusion in an invigorating new way. The title of the images reflects on the Narcissus myth and the human condition, rather than discussing the literal translation of an obsessive preoccupation of oneself, as could be perceived in this work, due to Muñoz decision to repeatedly feature his own face. The identity of the face can barely be made out. The appearance of the work changes over time, as does the face of a person. Physical conditions will always make its mark. During the duration of the initial exhibition Muñoz’ installation slowly dissolved. The drawn charcoal powdered portraits floated over a series of photographic images of maps, street plans and historical texts in plexi trays of water on the floor, which adhered to the background as the water, over time, evaporated. The process of the Narcissi series is the work, and its three key elements are the passing of time, evaporation, and accidentally.