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fifteen squeaks less, 2004

installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, mexico, 2004

fifteen squeaks less, 2004

installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, mexico, 2004

fifteen squeaks less, 2004

installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, mexico, 2004

leak 2, 2008

fan, snare drum and leak in the ceiling

variable dimensions

leak 2, 2008

fan, snare drum and leak in the ceiling

variable dimensions

leak 1, 2005

metallic watercolor box and leak in the ceiling

new balance, 2007

wooden board, glass and c-print

let me introduce myself, 2000

silver gelatin print

62.99 x 94.49 inches

seconds after the dive, 2005

scaffolding and framed postcard

seconds after the dive, 2005

scaffolding and framed postcard

seconds after the dive, 2005

scaffolding and framed postcard

seconds after the dive, 2005

detail of postcard

music for a small boat crossing a medium size river, 2012

set of 8 photographs, 2 printed letters and photograph of CD

25.31 x 35.83 inches each photo; 11.69 x 8.27 inches each letter; 8.27 x 11.69 inches CD photograph

music for a small boat crossing a medium size river, 2012

set of 8 photographs, 2 printed letters and photograph of CD

25.31 x 35.83 inches each photo; 11.69 x 8.27 inches each letter; 8.27 x 11.69 inches CD photograph

music for a small boat crossing a medium size river, 2012

detail

music for a small boat crossing a medium size river, 2012

detail

justice treaty, 2002

mosquitos and pins on foam board

31.5 x 21.65 x 3.94 inches

out of tune, tuned, 2005

set of two digital prints

15.75 x 23.62 inches

simultaneous translation, 2011

set of two digital prints

16.93 x 25.2 inches

open microphone, 2013

color print

40.35 x 50.95 inches

harmonic variations, 2013

set of four pieces of glass and harmonicas

harmonic variations, 2013

detail

second chance I, 2013

champagne bottle with cork and no wire protector, cricket, pin, white wooden base

12.6 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches

second chance I, 2013

champagne bottle with cork and no wire protector, cricket, pin, white wooden base

12.6 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches

n. clavipes meets s. erard, mov. 1 and  n. clavipes meets s. erard, mov. 2, 2008

photographic print

35.43 x 23.62 inches each

untitled, 2004

section of the wall between the artist's studio and his bedroom that has been removed from from his house in mexico and transported to london.

untitled, 2004

section of the wall between the artist's studio and his bedroom that has been removed from from his house in mexico and transported to london.

untitled, 2003

fly eloctrocutor device

50 x 23 x 6.25 inches

untitled, 2013

c-print

71.65 x 54.92 x 1.97 inches each

untitled, 2013

c-print

71.65 x 54.92 x 1.97 inches each

adagio sostenuto, 2013

acoustic guitar with copper strings, high voltage energizer (12500 volts) and electric wire

piano, 2008

color print

11.3 x 7.48 inches

new balance, 2010

color print

13.39 x 20.08 inches

short cut I, 2010

c-print

18.02 x 23.85 inches framed

assisted levitation, 2008

a 98 foot crane with a 164 foot arm, was erected to hold a hummingbird feeder visible through the window of an empty hall on the second floor of the museo de arte carrillo gil.

assisted levitation, 2008

a 98 foot crane with a 164 foot arm, was erected to hold a hummingbird feeder visible through the window of an empty hall on the second floor of the museo de arte carrillo gil.

para xó, 2002

video transferido a DVD

4 minutos 7 segundos

narrow day, 2011

video HD a color con sonido estero

4 minutos 54 segundos

it's no game, 2012

single-channel video projection, color, sound.

2 min 30 sec

image

fifteen squeaks less, 2004

installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, mexico, 2004

image

fifteen squeaks less, 2004

installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, mexico, 2004

image

fifteen squeaks less, 2004

installation view at kurimanzutto, mexico city, mexico, 2004

image

leak 2, 2008

fan, snare drum and leak in the ceiling

variable dimensions

image

leak 2, 2008

fan, snare drum and leak in the ceiling

variable dimensions

image

leak 1, 2005

metallic watercolor box and leak in the ceiling

image

new balance, 2007

wooden board, glass and c-print

image

let me introduce myself, 2000

silver gelatin print

62.99 x 94.49 inches

image

seconds after the dive, 2005

scaffolding and framed postcard

image

seconds after the dive, 2005

scaffolding and framed postcard

image

seconds after the dive, 2005

scaffolding and framed postcard

image

seconds after the dive, 2005

detail of postcard

image

music for a small boat crossing a medium size river, 2012

set of 8 photographs, 2 printed letters and photograph of CD

25.31 x 35.83 inches each photo; 11.69 x 8.27 inches each letter; 8.27 x 11.69 inches CD photograph

image

music for a small boat crossing a medium size river, 2012

set of 8 photographs, 2 printed letters and photograph of CD

25.31 x 35.83 inches each photo; 11.69 x 8.27 inches each letter; 8.27 x 11.69 inches CD photograph

image

music for a small boat crossing a medium size river, 2012

detail

image

music for a small boat crossing a medium size river, 2012

detail

image

justice treaty, 2002

mosquitos and pins on foam board

31.5 x 21.65 x 3.94 inches

image

out of tune, tuned, 2005

set of two digital prints

15.75 x 23.62 inches

image

simultaneous translation, 2011

set of two digital prints

16.93 x 25.2 inches

image

open microphone, 2013

color print

40.35 x 50.95 inches

image

harmonic variations, 2013

set of four pieces of glass and harmonicas

image

harmonic variations, 2013

detail

image

second chance I, 2013

champagne bottle with cork and no wire protector, cricket, pin, white wooden base

12.6 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches

image

second chance I, 2013

champagne bottle with cork and no wire protector, cricket, pin, white wooden base

12.6 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches

image

n. clavipes meets s. erard, mov. 1 and  n. clavipes meets s. erard, mov. 2, 2008

photographic print

35.43 x 23.62 inches each

image

untitled, 2004

section of the wall between the artist's studio and his bedroom that has been removed from from his house in mexico and transported to london.

image

untitled, 2004

section of the wall between the artist's studio and his bedroom that has been removed from from his house in mexico and transported to london.

image

untitled, 2003

fly eloctrocutor device

50 x 23 x 6.25 inches

image

untitled, 2013

c-print

71.65 x 54.92 x 1.97 inches each

image

untitled, 2013

c-print

71.65 x 54.92 x 1.97 inches each

image

adagio sostenuto, 2013

acoustic guitar with copper strings, high voltage energizer (12500 volts) and electric wire

image

piano, 2008

color print

11.3 x 7.48 inches

image

new balance, 2010

color print

13.39 x 20.08 inches

image

short cut I, 2010

c-print

18.02 x 23.85 inches framed

image

assisted levitation, 2008

a 98 foot crane with a 164 foot arm, was erected to hold a hummingbird feeder visible through the window of an empty hall on the second floor of the museo de arte carrillo gil.

image

assisted levitation, 2008

a 98 foot crane with a 164 foot arm, was erected to hold a hummingbird feeder visible through the window of an empty hall on the second floor of the museo de arte carrillo gil.

image

para xó, 2002

video transferido a DVD

4 minutos 7 segundos

image

narrow day, 2011

video HD a color con sonido estero

4 minutos 54 segundos

image

it's no game, 2012

single-channel video projection, color, sound.

2 min 30 sec

fernando ortega

* 1971, Mexico City

 

 

Fernando Ortega’s practice is difficult to classify: largely concerned with poetic, serendipitous moments that arise from the processes of daily life, his pieces take on many forms. For Ortega, art making is an exploration of his own doubts and curiosities about the mysteries he encounters in the world. The emotional and conceptual residue of these confrontations has an understated, latent potential that can be felt and glimpsed in his practice. Through installation, performance, and sound, he modifies spaces, stages actions and works with materials as diverse as spider webs and construction cranes. In his projects, the idea of spectacle generally associated with galleries and museums is transported outside the exhibition space into a day-to-day realm, where the subtleties of the mundane and neglected take the center stage. The notion of chance understood as a lack of order and predictability, has also played a major role in his explorations. Many of Ortega’s works balance gracefully between visibility and invisibility: they examine the relative scale and permanence of materials; and explore our human relationship to time and how it informs our experience of the world.

 

His most important solo exhibitions include: Nota Rosa, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2016); Fernando Ortega, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Fernando Ortega, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte (MUCA), Mexico City (2008); Levitación asistida, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City (2008); Recital de piano, Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola | UNAM, Mexico City (2008); Winter Falls, Bonner Kunstverein und Artothek, Bonn, Germany (2008); Project Room, ARCO 04, Madrid (2004); Intervención sonora, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City (2000); Resumen, Fundación Ludwig de Cuba, La Havana (1998).

 

He has also participated in the following group exhibitions: Modos de Oír, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Laboratorio de Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico (2018); Reverberaciones: arte y sonido en las colecciones del MUAC, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2017); The Transported Man, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (MSU Broad), Michigan, United States (2017); Punto de partida. Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel,  Sala de Arte Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid (2017); More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2017); Variaciones sobre tema mexicano. Arte Torre Iberdrola, Bilbao, Spain (2016); Strange Currencies: Art & Action in Mexico city 1990-2000, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, United States (2015); Season 8: Pierre Huyghe, The Artist’s Institute, New York (2014); El testigo del siglo, Museo de Arte Zapopan, Mexico (2014); When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, MOCAD Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, United States (2013) and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, United States (2012); El cazador y la fábrica, Fundación Colección Jumex, Mexico City (2013); All of This and Nothing, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011); Mexico: Expected / Unexpected - collection Isabel et Agustín Coppel, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, United States (2011) and La maison rouge, Paris (2008); The Moon is an Arrant Thief, David Roberts Art Foundation DRAFT, London (2010); among others.

 

His work has also been a part of the following biennials: 14e Biennale de Lyon, France (2017); 11th SP-Arte – São Paulo International Art Festival, Brazil (2015); 13. İstanbul Bienali, Turkey (2013); 30a, 27a, and 25a Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2012, 2006, and 2002, respectivly); Biennial of the Americas, Denver, United States (2010); Biennale Cuvée 08, Linz, Austria (2008); 50th Venice Biennial (2003).

 

Fernando Ortega lives and works in Mexico City.