Gabriel Orozco, born in 1962, is one of the most influential artists of this decade, and probably of the next one. He attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico and the the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
Orozco’s diverse and playful practice includes sculpture, photography, painting and video. He makes visible the poetry of chance connections, works with found materials or situations as a ball of clay or an abandoned kite that he alters then photographs to create surprising, often humorous scenarios from the simple, quotidian means. In his paintings, he explores the phenomenology of structures, in which the symbol of the circle acts as a bridge between geometry and organic matter, and the sequencing of color is based on the principles of movement within a game of chess.
Don’t miss his monumental sculpture, Mobile Matrix, composed of a reassembled gray-whale skeleton. After excavating the bones from the Isla Arena in Baja California Sur, Orozco and a team of approximately 20 assistants used some 6,000 mechanical pencils to draw lines on the whale that relate to its structure. AG
Gabriel Orozco at The Museum of Modern Art until March 1st, 2010 Visit the website for more info