Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco's work has had a wide-reaching impact on contemporary art practice. Known for his wanderings through many countries, in both urban and natural environments, Orozco (b. 1962) has worked without a studio since the late 1980s.
He has transformed found objects and situations through subtle but radical interventions and has created enigmatic and intimate works that reveal his thought processes.
The Fruitmarket Gallery presents this new exhibition of Orozco’s work. Curated by art historian and writer Briony Fer, it is the product of an on-going conversation between her and the artist.
According to the curatorial statement, the exhibition started with a fairly simple yet nonetheless unusual exercise: to take one work and see how far it is possible to think with it rather than about it. The work is the 2005 painting The Eye of Go, and thinking with it involves looking right back to the 1990s and an extraordinary sequence of paintings on acetate that are only now being exhibited for the first time, and forward to paintings and a series of river stone sculptures that Orozco has started making since the conversation around this exhibition began.
Rather than surveying the whole range of Orozco’s practice, the exhibition seeks to cut a conceptual slice through it, to look deeply into the mechanics of the artist’s thinking and working process. Not only does the exhibition propose a different view of Orozco’s major contribution to changes in art in the 1990s but bring to the fore the urgent problem of art’s ‘makeability’ now.
A new publication accompanies the exhibition. Published by The Fruitmarket Gallery, the book features new writing by the curator of the exhibition, Professor Briony Fer focused around the themes and ideas in the show – placing the work, The Eye of Go, at the centre of her thought.
Gabriel Orozco was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1962. Lives and works internationally. He studied at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
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