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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

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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 still be felt and glimpsed in his practice. Working at the intersection of installation, performance, and sound, he conceives his pieces by modifying spaces, staging actions and finding or creating objects from materials as diverse as spider webs and construction cranes. The idea of spectacle generally associated with galleries and museums is transported outside the exhibition space and into the realm of the day-to-day, where the subtleties of the mundane and the often overlooked take the center stage. The notion of chance as it can be found in nature, understood as a lack of order and predictability, has also played a major role in his explorations. Many of Ortega’s works balance gracefully in this way between visibility and invisibility, exploring our human relationship to time, examining the relative scale and permanence of materials, and how these relationships inform our experience of the world around us. 

 

 

In 2012, Ortega was a resident at SAM Art Projects in Paris, France. His most important exhibitions include: Fernando Ortega, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2012); Fernando Ortega, Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte MUCA (2008), Mexico City, Mexico; Levitación asistida, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2008); Recital de piano, Casa del Lago UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico (2008); Project Room, ARCO 04, Madrid, Spain (2004); Intervención Sonora, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico (2000); Resumen, Fundacion Ludwig, La Havana, Cuba (1998). He has participated in exhibitions at the following institutions: The Artist’s Institute, New York, United States (2014); Museo de Arte Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, United States (2013); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo MUAC (2013); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California (2012); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California (2011); Miami Art Museum, Miami, United States (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (2011); The David Roberts Art Foundation, London, United Kingdom (2010); Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal (2009); La Maison Rouge, Paris, France (2008); Kunsti Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland (2008); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2008); Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland (2005); MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2004); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas (2004). 

 

Fernando Ortega lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.