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sleeping dog, 1990

dye bleach print

20 x 16 inches

my hands are my heart, 1991

two silver dye bleach prints

9.13 x 12.5 inches each

my hand is the memory of space, 1991

wooden ice cream spoons

variable dimensions

island whithin an island, 1993

silver dye bleach print

16 x 20 inches

yielding stone, 1992

plasticine

approx. 14 x 17 x 17 inches

extension of reflection, 1992

chromogenic color print

15.98 x 20 inches

crazy tourist, 1991

chromeographic color print

16 x 20 inches

 

cats and watermelons, 1992

chromeographic color print

16 x 20 inches

la ds, 1993

modified citroën

55.16 x 189.96 x 45.31 inches

pinched ball, 1993

silver dye bleach print

16 x 20 inches

home run, 1993

oranges and installation views of projects 41: gabriel orozco, museum of modern art, new york, united states, 1993

variable dimensions

empty shoe box, 1993

silver dye bleach print

16 x 20 inches

 

from roof to roof, 1993

silver dye bleach print

16 x 20 inches

four bicycles (there is always one direction), 1994

bicycles

77.99 x 87.99 x 87.99 inches

elevator, 1994

modified elevator cabin

95.98 x 95.98 x 60 inches

horses running endlessley, 1995

wood

3.38 x 34.38 x 34.38

 

atomists: aspirilla, 1996

ink-jet print

78.75 x 115 inches

ping-pond table, 1998

modified ping-pong table, water lilies, soil, stones and water

30 x 167.75 x 167.75 inches

 

working tables, 1991 - 2006

mixed media

variable dimensions

black kites, 1997

graphite on skull

8.5 x 5 x 6.25 inches

accelerated footballs, 2005

250 incised soccer balls

variable dimensions

carta blanca, 1999

installation view of no. 91: gabriel orozco, portikus gallery, frankfurt am main, germany, 1999

total perception, 2002

fuji crystal print

33.75 x 46.75 inches

cazuelas(beginnings), 2002

fired clay

variable dimensions

partial view of carlo scarpa's pensilina, made for the 26th venice biennale (1952), which served as the inspiration for shade between rings of air, which orozco presented at the 50th venice biennale (2003)

shade between rings of air, 2003

wood and metal

110.25  x 314.94 x 551.19 inches

mobile matrix, 2006

graphite on whale skeleton

77.19 x 428.75 x 104.75 inches

installation view at biblioteca vasconcelos, mexico city, 2006

mobile matrix, 2006

graphite on whale skeleton

77.19 x 428.75 x 104.75 inches

corteza de nopal con ojos de cristal, 2009

cactus, plastic eyes, pinewood base

dimensions variable

brazos abiertos, 2009

cactus on pine wood base

110.91 x 117.64 x 43.31 inches

mapa estelar en árbol, 2009

graphite, calcium sulphate and animal glue on mango tree trunk

28.58 x 27.44 x 15.75 inches

solar graphite, 2006

graphite, calcium sulphate (plaster) and animal glue on cedar wood

21.85 x 21.85 inches

estructura tallada negra, 2009

graphite, calcium sulphate and animal glue on linen canvas

15.75 x 15.75 x 1.18 inches

samurai tree 6s, 2011

tempera and gold leaf on canvas

35.43 x 35.43 inches

samurai tree 1v, 2007

tempera and burnished gold leaf on linen canvas

29.53 x 29.53 x .98 inches

untitled (from the flag series), 2003

acrylic on cardboard

33.07 x 51.18 inches

installation view of the exhibition natural motion at the kunsthaus bregenz, bregenz austria 2013

double axe, 2013

carved diorite river stone from the guerrero coast in mexico

8.66 x 16.14 x 10.43 inches

turtle rock, 2013

carved diorite riverstone from the guerrero coast in mexico

4.33 x 11.81 x 11.81 inches

image

sleeping dog, 1990

dye bleach print

20 x 16 inches

image

my hands are my heart, 1991

two silver dye bleach prints

9.13 x 12.5 inches each

image

my hand is the memory of space, 1991

wooden ice cream spoons

variable dimensions

image

island whithin an island, 1993

silver dye bleach print

16 x 20 inches

image

yielding stone, 1992

plasticine

approx. 14 x 17 x 17 inches

image

extension of reflection, 1992

chromogenic color print

15.98 x 20 inches

image

crazy tourist, 1991

chromeographic color print

16 x 20 inches

 

image

cats and watermelons, 1992

chromeographic color print

16 x 20 inches

image

la ds, 1993

modified citroën

55.16 x 189.96 x 45.31 inches

image

pinched ball, 1993

silver dye bleach print

16 x 20 inches

image

home run, 1993

oranges and installation views of projects 41: gabriel orozco, museum of modern art, new york, united states, 1993

variable dimensions

image

empty shoe box, 1993

silver dye bleach print

16 x 20 inches

 

image

from roof to roof, 1993

silver dye bleach print

16 x 20 inches

image

four bicycles (there is always one direction), 1994

bicycles

77.99 x 87.99 x 87.99 inches

image

elevator, 1994

modified elevator cabin

95.98 x 95.98 x 60 inches

image

horses running endlessley, 1995

wood

3.38 x 34.38 x 34.38

 

image

atomists: aspirilla, 1996

ink-jet print

78.75 x 115 inches

image

ping-pond table, 1998

modified ping-pong table, water lilies, soil, stones and water

30 x 167.75 x 167.75 inches

 

image

working tables, 1991 - 2006

mixed media

variable dimensions

image

black kites, 1997

graphite on skull

8.5 x 5 x 6.25 inches

image

accelerated footballs, 2005

250 incised soccer balls

variable dimensions

image

carta blanca, 1999

installation view of no. 91: gabriel orozco, portikus gallery, frankfurt am main, germany, 1999

image

total perception, 2002

fuji crystal print

33.75 x 46.75 inches

image

cazuelas(beginnings), 2002

fired clay

variable dimensions

image

partial view of carlo scarpa's pensilina, made for the 26th venice biennale (1952), which served as the inspiration for shade between rings of air, which orozco presented at the 50th venice biennale (2003)

image

shade between rings of air, 2003

wood and metal

110.25  x 314.94 x 551.19 inches

image

mobile matrix, 2006

graphite on whale skeleton

77.19 x 428.75 x 104.75 inches

installation view at biblioteca vasconcelos, mexico city, 2006

image

mobile matrix, 2006

graphite on whale skeleton

77.19 x 428.75 x 104.75 inches

image

corteza de nopal con ojos de cristal, 2009

cactus, plastic eyes, pinewood base

dimensions variable

image

brazos abiertos, 2009

cactus on pine wood base

110.91 x 117.64 x 43.31 inches

image

mapa estelar en árbol, 2009

graphite, calcium sulphate and animal glue on mango tree trunk

28.58 x 27.44 x 15.75 inches

image

solar graphite, 2006

graphite, calcium sulphate (plaster) and animal glue on cedar wood

21.85 x 21.85 inches

image

estructura tallada negra, 2009

graphite, calcium sulphate and animal glue on linen canvas

15.75 x 15.75 x 1.18 inches

image

samurai tree 6s, 2011

tempera and gold leaf on canvas

35.43 x 35.43 inches

image

samurai tree 1v, 2007

tempera and burnished gold leaf on linen canvas

29.53 x 29.53 x .98 inches

image

untitled (from the flag series), 2003

acrylic on cardboard

33.07 x 51.18 inches

image

installation view of the exhibition natural motion at the kunsthaus bregenz, bregenz austria 2013

image

double axe, 2013

carved diorite river stone from the guerrero coast in mexico

8.66 x 16.14 x 10.43 inches

image

turtle rock, 2013

carved diorite riverstone from the guerrero coast in mexico

4.33 x 11.81 x 11.81 inches

gabriel orozco
* 1962, Mexico City

 

«During the 1990s, Gabriel Orozco developed a solid body of work –writes María Minera, Mexican art critic– both in the precise and concise way he dealt with his subject matters and for these subjects themselves: rare and powerful. Thus, his reputation as an artist with an acute puissance for the formal , was rapidly established; as well as his bold and innovative understanding of the limits of sculpture –a bordering notion in which sculpture is reduced to its more immediate expression, left, at times, on the verge of extinction.» Working in drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation, Orozco draws from everyday materials and circumstances from his own encounters and routines. Playing with ideas of accessibility, his work revolves around recurrent themes and explores materials in a way that allows the viewer’s imagination to discover creative associations between aspects of everyday life that are often overlooked or ignored. From the very beginning of his career, Orozco’s nomadic lifestyle had an effect on both the production and the aesthetic of his work.  His lack of a primary “home base” lent a more fluid aspect to his production, allowing for the growth of a rich heteronomy of materials and themes marked by a conceptual openness to spontaneity and circumstance. It is difficult to describe Orozco’s work in terms of a physical product because he is more interested in questions than statements, emphasizing the potential in mutating materials, forms, and meanings.

 

Gabriel Orozco was in Jalapa in the Mexican state of Veracruz in the midst of an artistic left-wing family that moved to Mexico City during his childhood. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, UNAM (1981-1984) and at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (1986-1987). From 1987 to 1992, he led the Taller de los viernes (Friday Workshop), at his home in Tlalpan, which became a nexus of discussion and artistic production in which Abraham Cruzvillegas, Gabriel Kuri, Dr. Lakra, and Damián Ortega all participated.

 

Gabriel Orozco has been the recipient of many awards, including: the REDCAT Award by REDCAT CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, Los Angeles (2015); the Cultural Achievement Award granted by The Americas Society (2014); in 2012 he was decorated as an officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture; in 2006, he received the Blauorange Kunstpreis granted by the Deutsche Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbankende.

 

His most recent exhibitions include: Gabriel Orozco, kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2017); Gabriel Orozco, Aspen Art Museum,  United States (2016); Fleurs Fantômes, as part of the triennial commissions for the Chaumont castle at the Centre Val-de-Loire region, France (2014-2016); Gabriel Orozco – Inner Circles, MOT The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2015); Natural Motion, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2013) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); Thinking in Circles, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2013); Gabriel Orozco: Asterisms, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2012) and Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013). From 2009 to 2011, his work was the object of an itinerant retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Kunstmuseum Basel; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern in London.

 

Other important solo exhibitions of Orozco's work include venues such as: Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2007); Palacio de Cristal del Retiro, Madrid (2005); Serpentine Gallery, London (2004); Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2000); The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MOCA (2000); Philadelphia Museum of Art, United States (1999); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, United States (1994); and Museum of Modern Art, New York (1993).

 

In 2003, he curated the group exhibition Il Quotidiano Alterato as part of the 50th Venice Biennial. His work has been the subject of over 25 monographs in different languages.

 

Gabriel Orozco lives and works in Tokyo, Mexico City, New York, and Paris.